At Google Inc., 96 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 1019 employee surveys, with a 95% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 3.03. It was published on Aug 21, 2015. 156635 Visitors

What Employees Say

We have special and unique benefits here.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
People here are willing to give extra to get the job done.
I am given the resources and equipment to do my job.
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.

What They Do

We asked Google Inc. to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

We are a technology company aiming to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. We specialize in Internet-related services and products, including online advertising technologies, search, cloud computing, and software.

About this Company

Website: US Headquarters: Mountain View, California
Major Locations: Mountain View, CA; New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Kirkland, WA; San Bruno, CA Stock Symbol: GOOGL, GOOG
US Employees: 37792 Employees worldwide: 56300
Founded: 1998 Industry: Information Technology

Employee Support

Perks and Programs

We asked Google Inc. to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Google Reach Volunteer Trips: Google supports employees in their philanthropic efforts. Google Reach Global sends a small group of Googlers to a developing area where they help local organizations and small businesses address development challenges. Closer to home, Google Reach Local offers the opportunity for Googlers to focus on social issues impacting the communities where they live and work. Over the past year, Google Reach Local projects have focused on education issues, health and wellness, and homelessness. The program runs in Ann Arbor, the Bay Area, Boulder, Chicago, and Seattle/Kirkland as well as internationally in Manila, Johannesburg, Delhi, and Accra.
  • Talks at Google: Google organizes visits from artists, authors, performers, politicians, and celebrities to speak at Google throughout the year. These talks connect Googlers to content creators and experts in various fields. This helps broaden Googlers’ understanding and experience, enabling Google to provide a better experience for external users. Google shares these talks externally, so anyone can learn from this eclectic array of influential guests. In 2015, Google welcomed a wide range of influential visitors to offices across the US. We heard from Bill Nye the Science Guy, Sal Khan from Khan Academy, actor George Lopez, journalist and author Erik Larson, Nobel Peace Laureate Rigoberta Menchu, the cast of Entourage, basketball player Dikembe Mutombo, composer A.R. Rahman, and many more.  Most of the talks are shared on YouTube at
  • Parental Leave: Google provides generous parental leave benefits. In 2014, Google moved away from traditional maternity/paternity leaves to try a broader primary caregiver model. New parents, regardless of gender (and including dads, domestic partners, adoptive parents, and surrogate parents), who take an equal or primary role in their child’s care during the first year, can receive up to twelve weeks of fully paid baby bonding time. Other caregivers are eligible for seven weeks of paid bonding time. Googler birth moms receive four weeks of pre-delivery maternity leave and 18-20 weeks of post-delivery maternity leave. For added flexibility, Googlers can choose to take their leave in increments throughout their child’s first year.
  • Recognition: Google knows that employees want to be feel valued. And they should. Through our "gThanks" platform, employees are able to offer recognition to their colleagues' outstanding achievements with "kudos" and peer bonuses. One department even started a "Wall of Happy" on which glowing thank-you notes and praise emails are displayed for all to see. Google also rewards hard work through spot bonuses, which can be awarded in cash or made more personal by letting employees choose the form of the award -- they can choose items like tickets to sporting events, experiences that are meaningful to them, or gift cards. The company also has a peer bonuses program, in which employees can nominate their fellow Googlers to receive a bonus of $175.
  • Dogfooding: Google often offers Googlers advance access to products that have yet to reach the market, allowing them to test features and make product improvement suggestions. This process is called “dogfooding.” It enables product teams to get feedback and work out bugs before the products are delivered to Google’s users. The feedback Google receives during these test phases is invaluable in improving its products. It also reinforces a sense of trust across the company since Google is sharing confidential, pre-launch information about products with Googlers.


  • 401(k) or 403b plan
  • Pre-tax savings account
  • Deferred profit-sharing plan


  • Free snacks during the day
  • Free lunch on a regular, daily basis
  • Free breakfast foods on a regular, daily basis
  • On-site package/mailing service
  • Discount ticket sales
  • Car wash
  • Hair salon
  • Dry cleaning
  • Subsidized public transportation
  • Free beverages during the day
  • Subsidized lunch on a regular, daily basis
  • Personal concierge service
  • Massage therapy
  • Fitness classes
  • Weight watchers meetings
  • Vehicle maintenance
  • Banking
Having Fun


28 days Holidays & vacation days after one year of employment $25,000 Adoption benefit
110 days Job protected maternity leave 60 days Paid leave for adoptive parents


  • Unpaid sabbaticals
  • Telecommute option
  • Onsite child care
  • Lactation room(s)
  • Flexible schedule
  • Job sharing
  • Offsite subsidized childcare
  • Elder care resources


  • Dental care
  • Prescription drug subsidy
  • Alternative treatments, such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic
  • Vision care
  • Mental health care
  • Fertility treatments


  • Breast cancer screening
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Complete biometric screening
  • Subsidized offsite gym memberships
  • Cholesterol tests
  • Flu shots
  • Fitness center
  • Medical facilities



How to Get Hired

We asked Google Inc. for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

We’re looking for smart, team-oriented people who can get things done. When you interview at Google, you’ll likely interview with four or five Googlers who will be looking for four things: leadership, role-related knowledge, how you think, and Googleyness.

Read more about these at:  

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

First off, apply! We look for people who are great at lots of things, love big challenges, and welcome big changes - so if this fits with candidates, they should be sure to let us know.

Are there any unusual or especially rigorous steps of your hiring process that candidates should be aware of?

Our process is pretty basic; the path to getting hired usually involves a first conversation with a recruiter, a phone interview, and onsite interviews at one of our offices. But there are a few things we’ve baked in along the way that make getting hired at Google a little different. We believe that if you hire great people and involve them intensively in the hiring process, you’ll get more great people. Over the past couple of years, we’ve spent a lot of time making our hiring process as efficient as possible - reducing time-to-hire and increasing our communications to candidates. While involving Googlers in our process does take longer, we believe it’s worth it. Our early Googlers identified these principles more than ten years ago, and it’s what allows us to hold true to who we are as we grow.

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

We’re hiring for many different kind of roles.

Check out our teams and roles site ( for more information!

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

Visit and start exploring!  

hiring Outlook

33% Job Growth 2700000 Applicants in past year

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