Google Employee Reviews about "big company"

Updated 14 May 2020

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  1. "Still great for being a large company"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Forward looking Engaged with employees Great benefits

    Cons

    It's become a big company and has the pains which that incurs (slower decision making, more layers etc)

    Google2019-01-21
  2. Helpful (10)

    "Lost its mojo: lonely, frustrating and disappointing place to work."

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Product Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Context: gTech team - Perks, benefits and pay (if those are important to you; they aren't as impactful to most as they think in the long run and create an over-privileged, ungrateful workforce) - Travel and freebies opportunities - Looks good on a CV/outside perception strong - Flexibility in working hours/how you manage your time - Clubs and talks, volunteering opportunities - Stable company

    Cons

    Context: gTech team - Still too US (Silicon Valley) focused. Incompatible culture with Europe mindsets - Still culturally tailored to 20 something privileged (Ivy league) males e.g. having to share hotel rooms at most events, expecting people to want to relocate, and assuming everyone is the same in terms of motivations and beliefs - BIG ethical problems- see news - Management are very poor: low EQ, lots of turnover/infighting, just care about results not people. Don't like it when people question them even though they say the opposite- lack integrity and many are bullies or just keep their heads down and do nothing. - Many people are managed by people several timezones away leading to poor communications and relations. Fundamental misunderstandings arise because there is an assumption, by the US mainly, that because people speak English they share a culture. - People are very competitive, arrogant, and selfish, don't care about each other as people due to low EQs and being over-privileged or insecure. A person can faint or breakdown in tears in a meeting and everyone will just ignore them. - Low internal mobility if you want to stay in London- it's very competitive and if you enter a bad role/team and have bad projects, it's near impossible to transfer, especially because you need your manager to help. Getting stuck is easy; HR are no help. - Low trust in HR and Employee Relations- so much sexism, ageism and mental health discrimination. Google keeps paying people to keep quiet. HR are near useless (by their own admission) because they have no power. Again, see news. - Company is classic large corp now- ruled by middle managers empire building. Historical culture is not really present anymore, e.g. no 20% projects allowed. - Work is meaningless- little control over strategy, repeating past projects/mistakes, impact of deliverables questionable as they are politically driven more than anything. - Work is still technically driven and people who bring project management experience are not well respected as they are seen as an unnecessary overhead and remind people that Google is now a large company and cannot support old practices such as one to ones with everybody and informal knowledge transfer. - Lots of big company politics and constant problems with delivery because company is still technically driven rather than people/process/organisation driven - Internal systems/tools not fit for purpose unless you are an engineer. Refusal/arrogance-led negative attitudes to using external tools such as JIRA or project management tools. Everyone just uses Google Suite for everything- with some hacky tools built on top sometimes. - Lots of internal snobbery over working for gTech- little respect or knowledge from the rest of Google - Interview system is ridiculously complicated, and has tons of bias, and doesn't recruit the people needed due to the abstract coding questions that people need to answer to prove that they are "technical" even when the job doesn't require coding. You therefore end up with people who want to code in jobs where they aren't required to code which causes a lot of problems.

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    Google2020-01-30
  3. "As expected"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    great benifts across all areas

    Cons

    big big big company and everything that goes with it

    Google2019-09-27
  4. "Google is still good - but prepare for a big company mentality"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Pros

    - Facilities - People - Make a difference (for a large company, there is still the ability to personally make a difference and affect outcomes if you have the right mindset) - Salary / Benefits (despite occasional internal grumbles, Google pay well and reward great work)

    Cons

    - Increasingly bureaucratic (more and more people are in roles which essentially shuffle paper around and it leads to frustration / extra processes for those seeking to get things done simply) - Culture wobbling (ranging from big company, steady eddy type thinking through to pockets of high entitlement) - High proportion of old timers who are operating at ~60% (i.e enough not to get fired, but not setting the world on fire and blocking opportunities for others). It's hard to leave as life at Google is cosy on the whole - this means not enough of those that should, do.

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    Google2019-02-11
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work if you can avoid corporate politics."

    5.0
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    Former Contractor - Operations Specialist in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google for more than a year

    Pros

    You've heard it all before. - Great Projects -Good Salary -Free Food -Good workplace environment -Being treated equally

    Cons

    -Working below your skillset -Office politics can be VERY strong in some projects -Easy to be lost in a big company (hard to stand out)

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    Google2018-03-13
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, great experience"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Strategic Partner Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    For a big company, Google is remarkable well-run, agile, and responsive to employees. It's remarkable to me that even at Google's size the founders and leadership still get up in front of the company most weeks to answer employee questions.

    Cons

    It's a big company. There are some bad managers, bureaucracy, and sometimes-limited career choices that come from working at a big company.

    Google2017-10-13
  7. "Business Internship"

    5.0