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Updated 19 Jul 2019

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4.3
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87%
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92%
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Google CEO Sundar Pichai
Sundar Pichai
2888 Ratings
Pros
  • "Also the usuals: amazing free food(in 831 reviews)

  • "Very smart people with great work life balance(in 717 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2400)

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

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    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....

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    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...

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    Advice to Management

    1) Don't dismiss emotional intelligence and adaptive leadership. They're not just catch phases. You need great managers and leaders in order to build great companies and develop great employees. The people who may be brilliant at solving technical issues may not be (and are most often, not) the best candidates for management. 2) Do something about that work-ife balance. Don't just have a bunch of pow-wows and...

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    Google2013-06-21
  2. Helpful (973)

    "Great balance between big-company security and fun, fast-moving projects"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * If you're a software engineer, you're among the kings of the hill at Google. It's an engineer-driven company without a doubt (that *is* changing, but it's still very engineer-focused). * The perks are amazing. Yes, free breakfast, lunch, an dinner every weekday. Aaaaaamazing holiday parties (at Waldorf Astoria, NY Public Library, MoMA, etc.); overnight ski trips to Vermont; overnight nature trips to the Poconos in...

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    Cons

    * It *is* becoming larger, and with it comes growing pains: bureaucracy, slow to respond to market threats, bloated teams, cross-divisional tension (though nothing remotely approaching that of Microsoft's internal tension). * The quality of the engineers is possibly dropping, but possibly not. It's hard to get real metrics, because as the absolute number of people grows, naturally the number of bad apples grows; as a...

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    Advice to Management

    Keep the focus on the user. Everything else will follow.

    Google2014-05-10
  3. Helpful (543)

    "The best place I've worked and also the most demanding."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    You can't find a more well-regarded company that actually deserves the hype it gets. You'll work on cutting edge projects / solve important issues that impact your community and the world You'll meet interesting people who are your colleagues, managers, and senior management. You'll open the paper and see your company in the news almost every day, and read about projects you're working on, which is a cool thing...

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    Cons

    I live in SF so the commute can take between 1.5 hours to 1.75 hours each way on the shuttle - sometimes 2 hours each way on a busy day or rainy day. That means being on the bus for 3-4 hours PER DAY. It's a wired bus though which means you can work on the way to Mountain View. But it can feel brutal. Your first year or two are really important in terms of your career at Google and they affect how you're viewed, and...

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    Advice to Management

    Keep on NOT micromanaging - that is a huge benefit to Google. Most of us have a huge workload and we work in spikes and not chained to our desks, and we care deeply about producing, and we produce a lot. We can do that because you respect us enough to give us some freedom in how we do our jobs.

    Google2015-02-08
  4. "Great company"

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      Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook

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

      Pros

      - Lots of exciting products and technical challenges - Great benefits - Feels like a college campus

      Cons

      - Bureaucracy with a large company - Variance in interesting teams

      Google2019-07-19
    • Helpful (1)

      "Resume builder"

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      Former Employee - Intern 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

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

      Pros

      Fantastic workplace environment, company is really dedicated to a work/life balance for its employees and it shows

      Cons

      Don't necessarily agree with some of the politics at Google

      Google2019-07-14
    • "Greatest Company on Planet Earth"

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      Current Employee - Account Manager in Mountain View, CA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

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

      Pros

      A rigorous environment where calculated risk is celebrated

      Cons

      compensation is not as competitive as other major tech companies

      Advice to Management

      Keep up the good work

      Google2019-07-17
    • "Great Place to Work"

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      Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Mountain View, CA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

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

      Pros

      Awesome benefits and a great support staff

      Cons

      There are no major cons

      Advice to Management

      Keep up the Great work

      Google2019-07-17
    • "great company to work for!"

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      Current Employee - Senior TPM 
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Google full-time

      Pros

      - free food - collaborative workplace - motivating

      Cons

      - no pressure all individually fueled drive - moves slow

      Google2019-07-17
    • "Good"

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        Former Employee - Quantitative Analyst 

        I worked at Google full-time

        Pros

        Good pay, benefits, and people

        Cons

        Can seem like a cult sometimes

        Google2019-07-16
      • "Google"

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        Current Employee - Product Manager 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Google full-time

        Pros

        Challenging projects. Great pay. Great colleagues

        Cons

        Nothing at the moment to share.

        Google2019-07-17
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