With well-publicised employee perks and great pay, it’s easy see why Google consistently rates as not only the best tech company to work for, but the best company to work for overall in the US.
But what’s it really like to work there?
We read through Glassdoor reviews to find out some of employees’ favourite things about being a Googler.
Jillian D’Onfro contributed to an earlier version of this report.
This story was originally published by Glassdoor.
Google treats its employees to parties and outings like ski trips to Vermont and picnics during the summer.
One current Google employee writes: 'Aaaaaamazing holiday parties (at Waldorf Astoria, NY Public Library, MoMA, etc.); overnight ski trips to Vermont; overnight nature trips to the Poconos in the summer; summer picnics at Chelsea piers; and on and on and on. I don't see this going away unless the company starts hurting financially.'
Employees have access to gyms, volleyball courts, a bowling alley, and an outdoor sports park at Google's Mountain View campus.
The company serves employees three meals a day, all of which are free. Google is known for serving gourmet food, and has numerous cafes and food trucks at its Mountain View campus.
Google employees make a median salary of $140,000, and employees say they get healthy bonuses, stock options, and superannuation matching.
There are all kinds of perks like massages, music lessons, and the option to bring their dogs to the office.
Many Googlers talk about the flexibility within the company and say that they have moved to new teams, projects, or departments fairly easily.
Officially, Googlers can also spend time working on other projects the interest them, outside of their day-to-day responsibilities. (Although in practice, this practice has varied over the years and among different product groups.)
Google has its own in-house tech support called TechStop, which is open 24/7 to help employees with hardware and software issues.
Commuting is free for Google employees at the Mountain View campus: they can ride a free shuttle bus to work each day.
Google's facilities are top-of-the-line, featuring indoor rock-climbing walls, façades designed by well-known architects, and breathtaking views.
Google's San Francisco office has stunning views of the Bay Bridge, while the company's Los Angeles office is located inside Frank Gehry's famous Binoculars Building in Venice Beach.
Google's parental leave policy is unusual, employees say. New dads can take up to six weeks off (which is a typical policy for new mothers) while mums can take triple that.
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