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Updated 23 September 2018
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Pros
  • "work life balance is very good here" (in 466 reviews)

  • "Free food and baristas in every building" (in 727 reviews)

Cons
  • "work life balance is difficult to manage" (in 345 reviews)

  • "Still trying to figure out how to be a big company" (in 297 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Fantastic"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Industry Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Industry Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Everything you think it is, it is.

    Cons

    I think there is often the allowance for underperformance given everyone is so 'googley'


  2. "Program Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Pros

    Great people, great perks & benefits

    Cons

    Hierarchical and too much politics

  3. "UX Designer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues, great inside and outside opportunities

    Cons

    Not that many cons; really depends on a person.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great environment, good pay,"

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    Former Employee - Computer Programmer in London, England
    Former Employee - Computer Programmer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great enenvironment to work encourages entrepreneurial attitudes. Good pay.. good office freebies

    Cons

    Not much really maybe not enough mentorship


  5. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Such a good experience for me

    Cons

    No cons everything was good


  6. "A great company to work for!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Pros

    A rewarding, interesting and friendly environment

    Cons

    Quite stressful at times but still rewarding


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Proofread"

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    Former Employee - Content Writer in All Stretton, England
    Former Employee - Content Writer in All Stretton, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Google part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Because Is more large platform in the world.

    Cons

    Is good place to start with the best

    Advice to Management

    Continue like this

  8. "Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Pros

    Free food and gym and sauna

    Cons

    Cant progress to higher positions


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work, but now a big company (i.e. comes with politics, hierarchy, etc)"

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    Former Employee - Operations in London, England
    Former Employee - Operations in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, People, Perks, Pension, flexibility

    Cons

    Politics, hierarchy, America-focused, work-life balance,

    Advice to Management

    Decentralize decision making - getting even small things done can take months, and requires multiple layers of approval from managers, Directors, VPs, SVPs. It's really demotivating.

    Reduce meeting frequency and length - I spent approximately 60% of my working week in internal meetings. Team meetings, stakeholder meetings, 1:1s, update meetings etc. Which meant I had 40% of my time to do my 100% job. Leaders are so keen to be seen, and be heard, that they each do all-hands. For example, every quarter I would attend my SVP all-hands, my VP all-hands, my Director all-hands, my team all-hands, and my location all-hands. Each was about 2 hours, typically in the early evening for EMEA for most of them. That's 12 hours of content, each giving very similar updates, after I'd already worked 10 hours that day!

    Focus on the world outside of America. It felt like every benefit, announcement, product update etc was focused on America. I lost count of the amount of cool things I saw being done that came with the caveat **this is just for North America**.


  10. "google is google"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good salary and benefits and healthcare

    Cons

    too many people working on projects


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