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Busy busy busy
Software Engineer (Former Employee) –  Boulder, CODecember 21, 2018
Smart colleagues and amazing tools and great perks, but moves too fast and has such high turnover / internal move rate that the codebase (payments stack) was out of control. Too many layers of detritus -> too much time was required to understand what the heck was going, and by that time it had changed, and/or the whole group had been re-seated and re-assigned. Consequence: more movement, lower morale, unloved code. Continual distractions: email stream, meetings, internal news, internal research questionnaires, compulsory Unconscious Bias training etc. Great food, though, great compensation + benefits. Must be sociable!
Pros
Free lunches
Cons
Politics, Chaos, Low morale
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Better at hiring top talent than utilizing it
Software Developer (Former Employee) –  Venice beach, CAOctober 31, 2018
Google refuses to accept that it is now a very large, and corporate, company. As a result of this, their response to corporate politics and gaming of their peer review process is to (a) ignore it, and (b) punish those who report it.

If you are on a good team at Google, it is undoubtedly one of the best companies in the industry to work for. Unfortunately, if a bad team lead decides to bid on you, for whatever reason, you're stuck, and the company does not handle this well.
Pros
Great benefits
Cons
Corporate Kool-aide, some really rotten managers
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THIS(!) is the best place to work?
Software Engineer (Former Employee) –  Kirkland, WAAugust 8, 2018
Worked there two years. Two of the most miserable years I spent. Job was boring, management was hostile and culture was very self absorbed and arrogant. But hey they had great insurance and free lunches. So, you are healthy and get 1 hour reprieve from the boredom.
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cool to work there
Software Engineer (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJune 29, 2018
I've been wanting to work at google. until now no chance!

Buy hey, working in a big company such google take so much pride and fulfillment, i wish they will call me one day, and tell me i got the Job.
Pros
everything is pros
Cons
it's hard to get into to google
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Google
Software Developer (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXJune 19, 2018
I am very comfortable working for Google.
I have learned many things witch improve my skills and get great experience.
I have great team working with them.
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Just like they've said over and over again, one of the best place to work regardless of industry
Software Engineer (Former Employee) –  Mountain View, CAJune 6, 2018
A typical work day is very well balanced with coding in solitude, meetings, meals, gym going and other fun stuff.

Google provides you with the best gear money can buy.

They take very good care of you, even in small things like CalTrain pass, onside doctor, massage, shower rooms and all sorts of food/snacks.

Be careful you do not get sucked in and let Google/being a Googler become the entirety of your reality, which can easily happen here and it's not good for your overall wellbeing.

One thing really bad is that it takes so long to release something that by the time your feature is released, you might not even remember what it is. It can get frustrating for some engineers.
Pros
Food, pay, talented coworkers, good managers, on-the-job trainings, the Google pride, all kinds of professional/fun activities
Cons
Release time too long. Bureaucracy. They want a team to be located in the same city, which can frustrate remote workers.
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Pretty awesome first job.
Contract Software Tools Developer (Former Employee) –  Bothell, WAMay 14, 2018
It was a contract and the best place i have ever worked. lots of intellectuals to learn from. Free lunches every day and free parking in site. Freedom to work on your own projects and grow your skills. can stay much more without giving details im not allowed to speak about.
Pros
free lunches, work environment, educational, benefits, pay, internal opportunity
Cons
The Contractor FTE divide
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Challenging
Software Engineer (Former Employee) –  Mountain View, CAFebruary 16, 2018
A lot of really good people working on very interesting projects. There is never a lack of something to do, quite the opposite. Much is expected of you.
Pros
the co-workers, the compensation, the resources
Cons
the stress
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Great experience
Software Developer (Former Employee) –  RemoteNovember 4, 2017
Worked as a Software Developer during Google's 2017 Summer of Code program. Fast-paced, highly educational opportunity for beginning software developers and the open source community. Highly recommended.
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Valuable Experience
Software Developer, Logic Tree Software (Former Employee) –  New Delhi, ILJune 25, 2017
Best Search Engine in the world , Always help me a lot . i learn a lot from google . It also manage each websites & webpages in a proper way that make my work easy .
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Productive and fun workplace with ping pong table
Software Engineer (Current Employee) –  Pittsburgh, PAMay 1, 2017
Productive and fun workplace with ping pong table
Typical day includes coding and literature learning/reading
good management
special culture
learning, coding
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cool workspace
Software Developer (Current Employee) –  Kirkland, WAJune 28, 2016
I love google, nice place to work and grow, following up on cool projects, strong team, smart people
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Productive and fun environment, best place to work
Software Engineer (Current Employee) –  Mountain View, CAMay 16, 2016
Productive and fun environment, best place to work. Free food, gym and many sports activities and employee activity groups.
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great company
Software Engineer (Former Employee) –  Mountain View, CAMarch 30, 2016
It is a renowned company with great culture. In recent years, google has grown too much in size which makes management less efficient and low. Still a top place to work for.
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Google is a great company
Software Engineer (Former Employee) –  Mountain View, CANovember 19, 2015
Google is a very open, innovative company. People in there are very talented. It has industry-leading technologies and infrastructures. Overall, an amazing company.
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Google Summer of Code
Offsite Open Source Research & Software Developer (Current Employee) –  Miami, FLJuly 28, 2015
First of all it’s an amazing experience of being able to be part of a qualitative project which certainly has a big impact not only on the research community but also on the society. Also in my case being in a Graduate Program there are lots of barrier to participate in an internship as physically relocation not possible leaving the research lab, but Google Summer of Code gave me the opportunity to experience and accomplish something more parallel with my Gradate school life.
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Good
Software Developer (Former Employee) –  Mountain View, CAJune 19, 2015
You will learn a lot. Food is good, people are smart, and politics is generally bearable.Good benefits. Be prepare to invest your effort.
Pros
Free food. Smart people.
Cons
Work/life balance canb be off.
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Excellent Company!
Software Engineer (Current Employee) –  Mountain View, CAJuly 1, 2014
a typical day at work
what you learned
management
your co-workers
the hardest part of the job
the most enjoyable part of the job
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Great place to work with lots of perks
Software Engineer (Former Employee) –  Mountain View, CAJune 3, 2014
Great work, smart people, fun tasks, really changing the world!
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Good company
Software Engineer (Current Employee) –  Celebration, FLJuly 20, 2013
Love to work here. Treat people well. Good benefits. Interesting technology.
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