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Updated 15 Jan 2020

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4.4
87%
Recommend to a Friend
92%
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Google CEO Sundar Pichai
Sundar Pichai
4,251 Ratings
Pros
  • "It's great they always have free food(in 920 reviews)

  • "Lots of smart people to learn from(in 760 reviews)

Cons
  • "It can be difficult to keep a work life balance (although it is not expected for you to overwork yourself)(in 403 reviews)

  • "Starting to have big company problems(in 352 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Best place I've ever worked"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Operations Program Manager in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Very smart people - Perks (free food, gym, swimming pool, snacks, ...) - Ability to make the role your own (in some roles) and start your own projects - 20%-time roles in whatever area you want to develop - Self-started / self-motivated environment - If you want to explore other jobs and are open to relocate, there are lots of opportunities. - Multicultural environment with people from all over the world - Easy to make new friends (at least in Dublin) - Quite flexible (work from home, arrive when you want, etc.)

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    Cons

    - A lot of people want to join the company because of the company and not because of the role, so there's a lot of over qualified people doing things they don't really want to do. - Because of the perks it's difficult to leave the company even after losing motivation. - When a manager under performs, often they just move them to a different team, instead of moving them out of people management. - It can be very hard to relocate to countries outside the headquarters. - The atmosphere in Dublin is amazing, but in smaller offices you don't feel the Google vibe. - It's easy to get away with performing at 50-60% of your real capacity after some time in a role.

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    Advice to Management

    - Keep hiring brilliant people, but encourage them to move to another position once they feel too comfortable. - Don't move poor people managers around. Move them into Individual Contributor roles.

    Google2019-03-26
  2. "Sales Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people, competitive compensation, great perks & wide footprint across EMEA

    Cons

    Political, competitive and limited room to grow.

    Advice to Management

    Investigate HR cases seriously

    Google2019-10-05
  3. "Not what it used to be"

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    Current Employee - Site Reliability Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best thing of working at Google is the ridiculously smart people you will work with.

    Cons

    The culture has been going downhill for the last few years.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Really, listen and take action.

    Google2019-07-30
  4. "Great company, amazing benefits"

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    Current Employee - Recruiter in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Benefits Working with smart people Opportunities to move internally Choose your projects Autonomy

    Cons

    Long working hours. Not very flexible or family friendly. Hard to put up with pressure, lots of people burn out once they have kids / hard to juggle family and work

    Google2019-01-11
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Still the best place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Pros

    Cushy job working with smart people on huge problems with great benefits, a relaxed atmosphere, and great pay... Not to mention free food.

    Cons

    It's become a typically huge corporation and the pace of change has slowed drastically. If you're looking to be comfortable and move carefully, that works. If you want to move fast and break things, you should find someplace smaller.

    Advice to Management

    Take another look at how typically corporate you've become and do some world changing big ideas on how to change that.

    Google2018-09-05
  6. Helpful (10)

    "Amazing perks, cult-culture"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Business Partner in Dublin, Dublin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing perks, very smart people, creative buzz

    Cons

    Google runs like a cult, no life, no time for family. Once you in, you live for Google.

    Advice to Management

    Simplification simplification simplification

    Google2018-07-27
  7. "Google"

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

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Pros

    Working with incredibly smart people

    Cons

    Your work/life balance is hard to maintain

    Google2018-06-01
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great culture but money saving in the wrong places (people) can be harmful"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, great benefits, smart people and variety of career opportunities.

    Cons

    It seems far too difficult to prove the need for people in some teams. This has affected the moral and work life balance of multiple teams. This is even the case where examples of work, data on hours and overtime, etc are provided to upper management. In my experience, flexibility of work could be better, for example, working from home is accepted but discouraged. Whilst this seems to be getting better, the performance evaluation and promotion processes are overly complicated, stressful and inefficient.

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    Advice to Management

    Don't loose good people by overworking them.

    Google2018-06-04
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Site Reliability Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Site Reliability Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people, good benefits, lots of interesting work

    Cons

    Can we hard to keep up with the pace of change

    Google2018-05-01
  10. "Great company to work for, specially if you are young"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Pros

    Really smart people around, benefits

    Cons

    Work life balance, long hours

    Google2018-01-14
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