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Anonymous shared this review of Google, United States on Sep 24th, 2019
"Great company that is looking to be more inclusive and diverse"
Anonymous shared this review of Google, United States on Jul 29th, 2019
"Find a great team that has a product you are really interested/passionate about. Having a supportive manager can really help you, and conversely having a manager that doesn't care about your career will hurt you in the long run."
Anonymous shared this review of Google, United States on Jul 24th, 2019
"Team fit is the most important consideration. Google isn't homogeneous in it's benefits and treatment. For example, folks in engineering will get bigger budgets, flexibility, have a different promotion process and will be treated as first class citizens. If you are in a non-revenue producing area, it is very different and is more traditional in it's hierarchy, bureaucracy and male dominated leadership. Middle manager is truly one of the biggest issues at Google. Many have an inflated sense of self, have no real empathy for people unlike themselves so there is constant bias. Including racial, sexual, religion, whether or not you're a family person, disability and more. They have also weaponized HR heavily and use the "like-me" bias far too often for minorities to strive. YMMV"
Anonymous shared this review of Google, United States on Jul 17th, 2019
"Experiences vary based on what org you are in. Managers matter a lot here so choose one wisely"
Anonymous shared this review of Google, United States on Jun 30th, 2019
"Great place to launch a career, there are a lot of opportunities and tools to help you succeed."
Anonymous shared this review of Google, United States on Jun 28th, 2019
"I'd be careful about pursuing this career field. Tech is and always will be a boys club, so be certain that you know what you're getting into."
Anonymous shared this review of Google, United States on Jun 18th, 2019
"Keep doing a great job as you've been doing until now"
Anonymous shared this review of Google, United States on May 15th, 2019
"Great place to work, be open and communicate, very, helpful."
Anonymous shared this review of Google, United States on Apr 18th, 2019
"It's not the best place for women. This ecosystem is generally unwelcoming to women but Google in particular is awful."
Anonymous shared this review of Google, United States on Apr 15th, 2019
"I'd recommend taking control of your career. Tell your managers early and often that you want to get challenging work and that you want to advance. I'd also recommend finding senior male mentors."
Anonymous shared this review of Google on Mar 15th, 2019
"30% of the company are women, even fewer work in technical roles"
Anonymous shared this review of Google on Mar 13th, 2019
"Depends on your manager how much advancement you will get "
Anonymous shared this review of Google on Feb 28th, 2019
"it is a really good place to work especially if you have a family since it understands work life balance"
Anonymous shared this review of Google on Feb 10th, 2019
"Great maternity leave benefits. Flexibility and mobility really depend on team and leadership group which can be either great or mediocre."
Anonymous shared this review of Google on Jan 24th, 2019
"Fantastic work life balance, and very competitive compensation. Would love to see more women in leadership."
Anonymous shared this review of Google on Dec 12th, 2018
"There is not much to say. Google is a very good company"
Anonymous shared this review of Google on Nov 29th, 2018
"Great place, but pace is hard to slow when you need to."
Anonymous shared this review of Google on Nov 1st, 2018
"advocate for your level and salary hard from the front end"
Anonymous shared this review of Google on Oct 30th, 2018
"There can be a boys culture in the eng and product orgs. "
Anonymous shared this review of Google on Oct 26th, 2018
"Be prepared to see the bias very clearly. Don't be afraid to be outspoken about it, although if you don't present your thoughts in a stereotypical "feminine" fashion (full of a soothing voice, somewhat timid, with a smile and in a caring tone) you will likely not be heard by many. If you enjoy engineering you'll get to work with some top talent and on some very cool projects. However don't expect to be treated fairly, promoted or paid fairly. "
Anonymous shared this review of Google on Apr 23rd, 2018
"Great job - you should join. Women are supported and cared for in the ways they should be."
Anonymous shared this review of Google on Apr 14th, 2018
"They discriminate by leveling you lower than men, and it is very hard to change your level within first 2 yrs setting u up to get less pay and respect than male colleagues. My male colleagues are 10 years less experienced and make double my salary for the same job and performance after 6 years at google. Also, they do not understand women's health. I needed 4 months reduced time off for hormone therapy after miscarriages and it wasnt approved. My colleague left for 6 months to get transgender hormones. I support her change, but i was hospitalized twice, and we lost our baby."
Anonymous shared this review of Google on Apr 4th, 2018
"Generally flexible but not great work-life balance for ambitious career risers seeking to get ahead. "
Anonymous shared this review of Google on Dec 19th, 2017
"The official policies are good re: gender, but you need to make sure you have a good manager who has your back"
Anonymous shared this review of Google on Dec 4th, 2017
"Potentially a great place to grow, but the 'bro' culture amongst especially engineers still runs very deep, and leadership seems unable to understand that it's less about the behaviour of individuals and more about the culture which enables it. "
Anonymous shared this review of Google on Sep 12th, 2017
"Great company, but lots of pockets of chauvenism make it very difficult"
Anonymous shared this review of Google on Aug 18th, 2017
"A solid company with good, smart people. It's not perfect, but they care about having satisfied employees who want to stay."
Anonymous shared this review of Google on Jul 22nd, 2017
"The average employee is a 28 year old, male who is unmarried and without kids. The few women will use there gender status to prop up and extremely sexist culture. There's no future for anyone with kids or looking to grow their career. And as a result, turnover is the highest I've ever seen."
"Find a Director or higher male sponsor early on to be successful "
"Many women in executive positions, serving as good role models. Surprisingly consistent effort on being polite and non-sexist."
Anonymous shared this review of Google on Jun 10th, 2017
"be ready to work over 12 hours a day and be available 24/7."
Anonymous shared this review of Google on May 27th, 2017
"There is definitely a sense of a boys' club and it's hard to rise up if you take maternity leave."
Anonymous shared this review of Google on Mar 24th, 2017
"Google is a great place to work for women. They are very flexible and the culture and environment are fantastic. "
Anonymous shared this review of Google on Mar 11th, 2017
"Although the company is male dominated, it is working hard to increase diversity. Still some mismatch between intent and practice. "
"Due your due diligence about your team and boss. Be aggressive about your career and build strong networks as your boss is unlikely to help you with career development and there is little systemc support."
"Great place to work. Very supportive and flexible. Strongly recommend."
"Be very firm to set your own boundaries else you will be miserable; know your value and don't fall into the promotion trap as it not a totally fair and transparent process "
Anonymous shared this review of Google on Feb 24th, 2017
"Great maternity and paternity leave. Flex schedules are possible, but subject to your manager's approval. "
Anonymous shared this review of Google on Feb 1st, 2017
"If you are technical or working in a predominately female group then you will have a good time, any engineering or other teams and you will have to deal with a lot a minor but consistently uncomfortable environment. "
"Depending on the team that you work for, be prepared to keep all emotions in check lest you be judged for them. This includes joy and any type of warmth that can be seen as a weakness, "
"There are pockets of amazingness - and overall most places are better than average. As with all large companies, strengthen your self-promotion muscles if promotion/advancement are your goal here."
Anonymous shared this review of Google on Jan 17th, 2017
"Terrific policies in place - but significant distance to go for women in leadership and in compensation "
Anonymous shared this review of Google on Jan 6th, 2017
"Great benefits, especially maternity leave. Culture is very inclusive and focused on women growing into leadership positions."
Anonymous shared this review of Google on Nov 26th, 2016
"Pretty great as a full-time employee. I've heard less positive reviews from TVCs."
Anonymous shared this review of Google on Jul 21st, 2016
"The employee population is young, therefore not very family-oriented. You will not see many benefits for working parents. There is also a lack of diversity, and as a woman of color, I never felt comfortable in this environment."
Anonymous shared this review of Google on Jul 11th, 2016
"There is no monolithic workplace culture at Google; by far, biggest determinant of your experience is your immediate team. I am lucky enough to have found a fantastic, supportive team that values work/life balance and diversity. My A+ ratings reflect my personal experience. I have heard many different (and similar) stories from women on other teams, though, and I know that my experience is not universal. My advice to a woman starting at Google is to assess your project options in terms of team culture and know that this will hugely affect your work experience."
Anonymous shared this review of Google on Jun 16th, 2016
"Don't just take the benefits, fight for the higher salary becuase the promotion process can be a frustrating blackhole where you are painted into a corner"
Anonymous shared this review of Google on May 18th, 2016
"Google is a wonderful place to work, but it is critical to set boundaries and stick to them. There will be people who work from 4a to midnight. If that is not your style, make sure to set expectations and be excellent at your job. "
Anonymous shared this review of Google on Apr 10th, 2016
"Depending on your manager and team, the hours can be pretty flexible. Work/life balance can be achieved as long as you maintain your boundaries. "
Anonymous shared this review of Google on Apr 6th, 2016
"There is a definite bias towards men being promoted and in senior leadership position vs. women. I'm in the sales org and I also find there is an unconscious bias that favors men."
Anonymous shared this review of Google on Mar 24th, 2016
"Even though they have great policies , culture and all, it's still very male dominated in the top management. Many of the initiatives around diversity are just a check inte box and doesn't mean anything really."
"It is very male dominated but there are lots of support groups for women and opportunities to network."
"It's ok. Kinda meh."
"I've worked here for over 5 years. Great maternity benefits. Most of the leadership is still men, but they are working on bringing in more senior women leaders."
"Your experience varies heavily based on what role and team you are on. Find a good manager, an interesting project, and go meet the other ladies on the team."
"I worked at Google for eight and a half years. I will say that I had the good fortune to be on a marketing team that was 95% women, and prior to that I was in HR, which was also majority women. I think that within those teams, I found the respect and fair treatment that I wanted. However, I will say that I think there are certain parts of the company that women and people of color are pushed towards (ie, the non-technical side of the house) and that definitely has an effect on my experience. I do think that sometimes it can be hard to be young and female at Google, especially on more male dominated teams with older men. You have to shout really loud and be extremely aggressive to gain respect for your opinions."
"It's a lovely place to work, as long as you don't rock the boat. Except climbing the career ladder to be constant fight to prove your competency. Ideally, find and stick with a good manager, who will know you and give you opportunities to develop. Changing manager will set you back on average 6 months, in my experience. The majority of women have issues with their careers after maternity leave, unless they are still in a basic individual contributor role."
"It's a great place to work."
"I'm worked here for 5 years in a software engineering role. I've been on several teams, and there has never been another technical woman on my team. I have often been asked if I am the PM or UX designer. In terms of career advancement, it seems that more aggressive personalities (more often male) tend to end up in leadership roles, which I find frustrating. The upside is still pretty good (compensation and perks are outstanding), but despite that, I feel like I constantly need to prove myself when working with new people, and it is difficult to see male colleagues (no more qualified than myself) move into leadership positions ahead of me."
"I've had great opportunities at Google. And the company is doing a lot to address issues like unconscious bias. At the same time, when I found out I was paid significantly less than a male peer with less experience, my [female] VP's response was - "some people negotiate better than others." and a senior male exec recently "asked" me about my dedication post kids, mentioning his wife stopped working after having the same number of kids i do."
"There is a lot of talk about being supportive of flexible working arrangements, however this is heavily dependent on your manager. Some managers are incredibly supportive and others are not at all. Ironically, the female-heavy departments like recruiting are not as supportive as you would expect, so be sure to interview with eyes wide open."
"The best thing you can bring to working here is an aggressive confidence in your training and your abilities. Iron-clad self-esteem and a strong sense of "your input is not necessary to my life" also work well. Then you must cloak all of this in a stunning amount of kum-bay-ya deference and equivocal language. You will still be hammer for being too aggressive and not a team player but perhaps it won't matter to you so much if you know all of this ahead of time. Men will talk over you in meetings and when you call them on it, you get spoken to about your attitude. Even better--you will be listened to in silence and then ignored. This is not all men at the G--it is all of the men over 35--which is all of upper management. The younger the man, the more willing they are to work well with others. PS--you will never be promoted here."
"I love the ability to shape my role and and the freedom I have to work super flexible hours. I don't know if this is a gender thing, but I can't stand the extensive bureaucracy and structure around growth and compensation-- you can only be promoted and receive pay increases at set increments, even if you're a rock star performer."
"It seems very hard to progress up the career ladder once you have a family. I have felt like I am the victim of biases from both men and women (but mostly women) in my time here."
"I have worked at Google for four years. I believe that it is an environment where women are fairly treated and listened to, but the only real female leadership and middle management is in sales and operations. It's rare to find women (much less, minorities) in leadership in eng, especially at the mid-level. This creates an unspoken tech-bro culture that can be pretty exhausting to navigate. It's not impossible, but it takes an effort that I would rather put into getting shit done."
"I have worked for this company for the past 2 years, and so far it is very much like any tech company few women. We are growing though, and it is great to see that many of us had a chance to be recognized and promoted. Maternity leave is very generous, and you don't have to take it all at once. However it is still a male dominated world, and us girls have to stick together."
"I've worked here for a few years. There are plenty of social groups for women and minorities. I do believe women are generally treated fairly but their are so many micro aggressions. A huge lack of diversity. I did not meet many senior level women."
"Work life balance is not easily possible as you rise the ranks. Lots of competition."
"How many women there are varies by area of the company, but a large number of men are clued in about how marginalized people suffer in small ways, and are good and vocal allies. The company is trying to change. It's phenomenal to work with so many super smart people on such impactful projects."
"Seemingly good for younger women; most of senior technical women are pushed out. The politics are fierce. Never underestimate the power of a 10-year Googler no matter whether they have any, even rudimentary, domain knowledge. Many 10 year googlers don't seem to actually accomplish much other than preserving their positions and whispering into the right ears."
"I feel like in my particular role, women are treated on par with men. The real difference is more between the opportunities afforded to introverts v extroverts. Women represent a big percent of the sales force and they get promoted at a similar rate as men."
"This is a great company!"
"It is male-dominated because there are so many engineers but they try hard to support women in all roles."
"The perks and benefits are wonderful but there are few women in senior leadership roles and the "bro-mance" culture does seem to be in play."
"Say goodbye to your personal life if you start working here. "Work life balance" is a fairytale."
"I never ran into anyone who was out-and-out sexist in the sense of putting down or even subtly excluding women. I never felt that my being a woman was ever a relevant fact in how people treated me. That said, Google is a HUGE company and my experience represents just one part of it."
"I've worked here for 2 years now and I'd say for being in the Sales organization, it's mostly supportive of women in leading roles. It still skews male overall, but active conversations are happening about changing that."
"Google understands there are going to be biases in the workplace, and does a good job to head them on. I still think there is a big gap between men and women in leadership roles, even within departments that are split 50/50 with lower level employees."
"Male-dominated management but they are committed to diversity."
"This is a great company to work for. The maternity leave is apparently one of the best in the country. That being said, I think the US needs to get with the rest of the developed world and change their policy to allow women the ability to take one year off to spend with their new child. Its the right thing to do."
"It's very supportive but you have to ask for what you want."
"They know that they don't have enough women in technical roles and are actively seeking to improve that. All my male colleagues appreciate the diversity I bring to the team and are extremely supportive. Despite the fact that Google reflects the natural gender and racial trends of the tech industry overall, they seem to place a huge emphasis on improving and constantly celebrate the diversity they do have. As long as you are fine being surrounded by many more male colleagues (at least on the technical side), this is a fantastic place to work."
"They are working on diversity and equality for sure, but are not quite there yet."
"Some groups are really great and supportive. If you can get to other women as mentors and bosses, you are set. There are definitely still some areas where it is a boys club though."
"There is a pretty diverse group of both men and women in my department. However, the women are more in support roles than engineer roles. I am the only female engineer of 9 team members. However our manager is a female engineer. Her boss, a director, is also female. The male memebr ao my team have no issue reporting to a female and taking her lead. When I joined, all of them treated me like everyone else. I'd say they treated me equally despite our gender difference but in all honestly it was more like, they didn't seem to care that I was a different gender. Its a nonissue. I feel free to be myself, feminine at times, and talk about my kids constantly. When I had to.miss work for a sick kid, all of them treated me with sympathy. Many fathers themselves, understood the work/life struggle. Ive been given the freedom with my time at work to have time for my kids after work as well. Leaving early when I need to, etc. From the CEO down, they stongly encourage inclusiveness and it shows! Women might not have the rquality in engineer toles, but it's not from a lack of trying."
"I've worked here for 6+ years and I have enjoyed a great work life balance. There are certainly times where work gets busy but everyone on my team respects other life priorities. I also feel that I am given the same opportunities and recognition as my male coworkers."
"Again, some departments are very political and good old boyish. Young women do not seem to have a problem, generally, but if you are older and don't act like a good old boy, it can be a very uncomfortable environment. Sadly, HR is not helpful, they seem to tow the good old boy line as well."
"Generous leave, managers tend to be very accommodating of work life balance."
"awesome places to work for"
"I've only worked here a few months, but the thing I learned is to stay on task, do your job the way it's supposed to be done and try not to stir up drama. A drama free workplace is a happy workplace."
"It's ok as long as you are early career and willing to giggle."
"I am surrounded by smart, successful, inspiring women on a daily basis."
"I've worked here for 8 years. I have a woman boss (also a mom). When I went on maternity leave, she did not want me to take the full amount the company allows and have heard from 2 other women they had similar experiences. She phrased it as "well, most people don't take the whole 3 months, so just let me know when you plan on returning, because lots of things can change." She has systematically demoted (by placing layers in between) women with children with unmarried women or men. She did this to me while on maternity leave as well as got rid of my flexible time and working from home ability. I still score "exceeds expectations" in reviews. I have talked to other executives about this problem and have gotten a "it's something we need to take a look at" response. I won't be there much longer."
"good maternity leave"
"Lots of leadership opportunity for women in Marketing but rarely outside of Marketing."
"Working towards great new ideas and goals"
"Not many women mentors in non-eng roles."
"You are here because you rock as much as everyone else here. Enjoy working amongst your contemporaries, take time to enjoy the perks, and remember your work/life balance."
"Google is trying to do its best to welcome women, but the culture and the leadership is very much male and lacks diversity. Don't be intimidated and make yourself visible."
"Take initiative, don't be afraid to speak up or fail. Find mentors, allies and supporter. Leverage the internal development tools!"
"I wish that I had more courage to take initiative for things I was passionate about and the direction of my own career earlier on. The didn't prevent me from taking on new opportunities, but certainly did not make these opportunities clearly available to me. I wish I would have learned earlier that I was responsible for driving my own career in the direction that I wanted it to go. Would certainly give this advice to others!"
"My first day was a long time ago, but I would tell myself to roll with the changes. Breathe. It's a constantly evolving industry and Google has been right there moving with it. It can be challenging, but it's all worth it because you truly feel like you're making a difference in the world."
"I would have negotiated harder when I was given my offer on salary."
"I would have reminded myself that I am driven by constantly learning new things and working on new projects, and I should continue to switch things up regularly to stay sharp now that I am a part of a big company. I would also remind myself that networking is key!"
"Learn what you can and move on."
"Learn what you can and move on."
"Google is a great environment for self-starters and entrepreneurs. No one will tell you what time to be at your desk or check in to see what time you left - or even care if you worked from home. The focus is truly about getting the work done."
"You are judging yourself far more harshly than anyone else."
"Speak up about what you think or want. People want to hear others opinions and ideas regardless of gender."
"Negotiate your level and salary as best you can before you start. Promotion can be slow."
"I would have asked from the beginning "what really matters if you want to be successful here?""
"A lot of the pressure to be in the office 10 hours a day is unspoken.. either from managers, coworkers or ourselves. Don't buy into it and set that tone."
"It is a good company overall, except for when you hit a glass ceiling or ask for a raise or promotion.. things start going south (at least in my experience)."
"Many perks. Communal. Younger."
"The environment at Google is incredibly supportive of working moms/dads. I've been able to schedule flex hours so I can spend more time with my son and can work from home whenever necessary for childcare reasons. It's a great place to work and raise a family."
"Helps to have a woman who heads up your direct area. I've seen women in my org go on multiple maternity leaves and get promoted to Director."
"great benefits. flexible schedule (depends on your team/manager)"
"Success is often dependent on the types of products you work on and where you are physically located (remote v. Mountain View). The vast majority of technical leadership positions are filled by men."
"They are focusing a lot on the experience of women right now. In general I have felt supported in terms of work flexibility (work where/when I need to) but I have yet to hear a case where a working mom goes part time to be with her kids more and has it "really" work... in all cases they end up working far more hours than they get paid for."
"Same crap everywhere. I suspect the high satisfaction ratings are the 85% men voting."
"There are lots of opportunities for flexible work, everyone respects you. I've never had an occasion where I feel I've been treated differently or worse because I'm a woman. I'm a mom and I feel that it would be very different for me to try to have the impact I have at work right now and be a happy mom in another company."
"I've never yet noticed any gender related issues that get in the way of career growth."
"good mobility for technology focused roles in engineering; less growth for other divisions like marketing, UX, content development due to these being minority functions and little investment from HR and leadership to develop these specialties"
"Excellent maternity leave benefits, women's career development programs and flexibility options. However, not all managers are on board with flexible work options (part time) and it can be a real career setback if your manager does not truly support it."
"Seems very family friendly, but in my experience, women definitely fend for themselves in terms of advancement."
"You will have to work extremely hard and not get the same recognition/reward as your male counterparts."
"I haven't had a child of my own yet, but am thinking about having my first in the next 2 years. The reason I'm staying at this company is I see many women here with 1-4 kids who are doing a great job of balancing work and family. The culture here for the most part allows employees -- men and women alike -- to have that work-life balance. Seeing other women here succeed at this makes me feel like it's a feasible goal for other women who aren't there yet."