Google is the holy grail for many tech workers. The company was recently renamed Alphabet in a corporate restructuring, but it consistently tops the list no matter what it’s called. Not only is Google a tech giant with 2015 annual revenue of almost $75 billion, it’s also a great place to work. In 2016, Google was ranked number 1 in Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For.
And that was no fluke: this is the seventh time that has happened in the last ten years.
In August 2015, Google co-founder Larry Page announced that Google would be splitting into several businesses under the holding company Alphabet. Basically, it separated core internet businesses like search, Maps, and Android, from newer businesses like Calico, Nest, Google Fiber, X labs, and more. In the announcement, Larry Page stated that “Alphabet is about businesses prospering through strong leaders and independence.”
Under the new structure, Page heads the company as Chief Executive Officer for Alphabet, with co-founder Sergey Brin as Alphabet’s president. Sundar Pichai is Chief Executive Officer for Google.
It was a big announcement, but most people still know the company as Google. And, according to Inc.com, not much has changed for the company’s employees, either. They still call themselves Googlers and they are still some of the happiest employees around. Why are they so happy? Let’s take a look.
Culture and Atmosphere
Google has an open culture. The company maintains the vibe of a startup as well as a multinational corporation can. According to Business Insider, software engineers get access to most of the company’s code on their first day. On Fridays, you’ll find every employee at an all-hands meeting. That includes the founders, who are there to answer any question an employee may have.
The transparent nature of the company stems from the importance it places on the people who work there. Google calls its HR Department “People Operations” (POPS, for short). The department issues a survey every year called the Googlegeist to evaluate the happiness of its employees. And it takes those surveys seriously, adjusting benefits to meet the needs and desires of Googlers everywhere.
Benefits for U.S. Employees
Google provides employees with all of the benefits a large company offers, and then some. The 50 percent matching on 401(k) retirement plans, flexible hours, volunteer time off, and on-site professional and personal development classes are just the beginning. Here are some more highlights.
Health and Wellness
The company offers health insurance, including medical, dental, and vision. Many locations also have on-site physicians and chiropractors. Other health and wellness benefits include on-site gyms, fitness classes, physical therapy, and massages.
Google’s parental leave policy is one of the best in the business. The company instituted its current policy as a way to retain more new mothers and thus keep more women working there. It worked, and it’s not hard to see why. The company offers five months paid maternity leave, and that can be taken at any time, spread out in whatever way the new mother wishes. Other new parents receive 7 weeks paid leave.
If a Googler passes away while working at the company, their stock vests immediately. The company also offers the surviving spouse half of the employee’s salary for ten years, as well as an additional $1,000 for each surviving child.
And for those with four-legged family members, many locations allow Googlers to bring their dogs to work.
In addition to free professional and personal development classes, employees receive free breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. There is also transportation provided for Googlers who work at the Mountain View campus in California.
Paysa CompanyRank for Google
The Paysa CompanyRank is an algorithm that measures the flow of quality talent at a company over time. Data for analysis comes from 7.45 million job changes across 198,000 companies over the past 15+ years. Not surprisingly, Google is ranked among the top companies, residing in the number three spot currently. As you can see in the graph below, the company has maintained a spot in the top three for the last ten years.
So, employees are happy. Does that happiness extend to salaries? Paysa has gathered salary data from 60K profiles to find an average base salary of $121K per year. The average market salary is $252K per year, ranging from $157K to $356K. Average market salary includes the $121K base salary, $32K annual bonus, and $99K annual equity.
Given these figures, the answer to whether employees are happy with their salaries is likely yes, but let’s take a closer look at Google’s top paying jobs, including salary breakdown, and information on qualifications and promotion opportunities.
The average market salary for a Google Director of Engineering is $571K a year. This includes a $247K base salary, $89K annual bonus, and $235K in annual equity. This data is based on 120 profiles.
Based on recent job postings for this position, we know that 79 percent of Directors of Engineering need to know distributed systems, 60 percent need to know scalability, and 73 percent need to have a bachelor’s degree.
Director Product Management
The average market salary for a Director of Product Management at Google is $409K per year. This includes a $208K base salary, $69K annual bonus, and $132K in annual equity. This information is calculated from 123 profiles.
83 percent of Directors of Product Management need to know product management, 54 percent need to know mobile devices, and 72 percent need to have a bachelor’s degree.
Senior Software Engineer Technical Lead
The average market salary for a Senior Software Engineer Technical Lead at Google is $354K a year. The average market salary includes a $178K base salary, $40K annual bonus, and $136K in annual equity. Salary information is based on fewer than 20 profiles.
Recent job postings tell us that 85 percent of Senior Software Engineer Technical Leads need to know Java, 60 percent need to know Python, and 87 percent need to have a bachelor’s degree.
Senior Research Scientist
The average market salary for a Senior Research Scientist at Google is $331K per year. Average market salary includes a $166K base salary, $47K annual bonus, and $118K in annual equity. Salaries are calculated from 36 profiles.
89 percent of Google Senior Research Scientists need to know machine learning, 81 percent need to know algorithms, and 86 percent need to have a bachelor’s degree.
Google tech jobs are some of the most coveted in the tech space, and it’s easy to see why. The company is consistently ranked #1 on Fortune Magazine’s annual list of Best Companies to Work For, because Google puts its employees — or Googlers — first. Sure, you may have to learn some new vocabulary to work there, but it’s definitely worth it.
Because the company is so focused on keeping its employees happy, Googlers enjoy some of the best benefits around. All-hands meetings with the founders every Friday, generous parental leave, free gourmet food, massages, and classes, and a startup culture — it’s good to be a Googler.
Those perks don’t come at the expense of salary, either. Google is ranked the top third out of 100 company salaries, as calculated by Paysa. The top four highest-paying jobs at Google are Director Engineering, Director Product Management, Senior Software Engineer Technical Lead, and Senior Research Scientist. Google is a great fit for anyone who appreciates an employee-centric, transparent environment that encourages creativity.
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