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Googler Reviews and Development

Googler Reviews and Development


Google has always focused on being a place where employees can build and grow their careers—from the day you start work as an employee. Beginning in May 2022, we’re taking a new approach called Googler Reviews and Development (GRAD), which will focus on employee development, learning and progression throughout the year. If you end up joining Google, GRAD is how you and your manager will work on your career and progression.

We’ve long had a performance management and promotion process, which has comprised more formal reviews and ratings, twice a year. Our People team at Google worked with leaders and partners across the company globally to see how we could evolve these processes to help our employees do the best work of their career. We looked at everything, starting with employee feedback, as well as research, industry best practices, and all that we’ve learned about how to design processes for fairness and consistency.

Here’s a few examples of what our updated approach will look like:

  • Expectations, feedback and check-ins: To align on the work that’s most important, employees and managers will align on expectations and there will be feedback and check-ins throughout the year. One of the check-ins will be focused on learning and career development at Google.
  • Promotions: Promotions will happen twice a year and we’ll continue to invest in new ways for Googlers to grow their career through internal mobility.
  • Reviews and ratings: Performance ratings will happen once a year and our new rating scale will reflect the fact that most Googlers deliver significant impact every day.

This Googler Review and Development approach will help employees stay focused on what matters most while developing their careers, as we continue to deliver helpful products and services to people around the world.