Google Mountain View Reviews

Updated 6 Aug 2020

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  1. "Supportive work environment"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Content Strategist in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work-life balance and work culture are some of the best things for me at Google. I spend very little time managing personalities and can instead focus on my work. People are generally honest about feedback and criticism, but do it in a respectful and constructive way. I've liked all managers, and have been able to make my own projects and priorities. Started as a contractor for two years and was converted to full-time employee.

    Cons

    Too many teams trying to do the same thing. The size of the company can make it challenging to get things done. Most projects require approvals from dozens of stakeholders with different priorities, and likely someone else is already working on the same project on a team you've never heard. There's a paradox where collaboration is both necessary to get any project done, but also incredibly challenging. It requires you to navigate complex and overlapping org structures with simultaneous and competing priorities. I don't blame the company for it, as it's a reality of working at any place this large.

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    "Moving at the speed of light, burn out is inevitable"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Google full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    1) Food, food, food. 15+ cafes on main campus (MTV) alone. Mini-kitchens, snacks, drinks, free breakfast/lunch/dinner, all day, errr'day. 2) Benefits/perks. Free 24:7 gym access (on MTV campus). Free (self service) laundry (washer/dryer) available. Bowling alley. Volley ball pit. Custom-built and exclusive employee use only outdoor sport park (MTV). Free health/fitness assessments. Dog-friendly. Etc. etc. etc. 3) Compensation. In ~2010 or 2011, Google updated its compensation packages so that they were more competitive. 4) For the size of the organization (30K+), it has remained relatively innovative, nimble, and fast-paced and open with communication but, that is definitely changing (for the worse). 5) With so many departments, focus areas, and products, *in theory*, you should have plenty of opportunity to grow your career (horizontally or vertically). In practice, not true. 6) You get to work with some of the brightest, most innovative and hard-working/diligent minds in the industry. There's a "con" to that, too (see below).

    Cons

    1) Work/life balance. What balance? All those perks and benefits are an illusion. They keep you at work and they help you to be more productive. I've never met anybody at Google who actually time off on weekends or on vacations. You may not hear management say, "You have to work on weekends/vacations" but, they set the culture by doing so - and it inevitably trickles down. I don't know if Google inadvertently hires the work-a-holics or if they create work-a-holics in us. Regardless, I have seen way too many of the following: marriages fall apart, colleagues choosing work and projects over family, colleagues getting physically sick and ill because of stress, colleagues crying while at work because of the stress, colleagues shooting out emails at midnight, 1am, 2am, 3am. It is absolutely ridiculous and something needs to change. 2) Poor management. I think the issue is that, a majority of people love Google because they get to work on interesting technical problems - and these are the people that see little value in learning how to develop emotional intelligence. Perhaps they enjoy technical problems because people are too "difficult." People are promoted into management positions - not because they actually know how to lead/manage, but because they happen to be smart or because there is no other path to grow into. So there is a layer of intelligent individuals who are horrible managers and leaders. Yet, there is no value system to actually do anything about that because "emotional intelligence" or "adaptive leadership" are not taken seriously. 3) Jerks. Sure, there are a lot of brilliant people - but, sadly, there are also a lot of jerks (and, many times, they are one and the same). Years ago, that wasn't the case. I don't know if the pool of candidates is getting smaller, or maybe all the folks with great personalities cashed out and left, or maybe people are getting burned out and it's wearing on their personality and patience. I've heard stories of managers straight-up cussing out their employees and intimidating/scaring their employees into compliance. 4) It's a giant company now and, inevitably, it has become slower moving and is now layered with process and bureaucracy. So many political battles, empire building, territory grabbing. Google says, "Don't be evil." But, that practice doesn't seem to be put into place when it comes to internal practices. :(

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  3. "Great place to be working for"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Typically good management, flexibility, impactful work, great compensation and benefits

    Cons

    Sometimes overwhelming. You need to work on your life-work balance.

  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great culture. Great team members"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Google SWE in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Smart and easy to work with co-workers. Great benefits. Supportive managers.

    Cons

    Limited flexibility on remote working (during normal times)

  5. "Equal parts solving challenging problems and childlike fun!"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google for less than a year

    Pros

    Brilliant people, food, perks, technologies

    Cons

    None I can think of

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Loved it"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Google SWE in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Google full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Free food was very good

    Cons

    Food was not always free

  7. "Fantastic introduction to SWE"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Practicum Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Worked closely with another EP intern and the hosts.

    Cons

    Big place to work at so there is no much independence.

  8. "Great place to work as an engineer"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - compensation - benefits - work/life balance - many career development opportunites

    Cons