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Updated Jul 27, 2014
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4.5 130 reviews

98% Approve of the CEO

Google Co-Founder & CEO Larry Page

Larry Page

(84 ratings)

97% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development(in 105 reviews)

  • Free food, amazing people, amazing vision - almost everything about this company is a pro(in 220 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging(in 100 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape(in 71 reviews)

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    Good work!

    Intern (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsSmart and driven people, managers open and willing to speak with you.

    ConsParty culture, some people seem to be there for the perks.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A great place for software engineers, but not researchers

    Intern (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsTotal compensation is very good. Benefits are good, too. Free food, drinks, and stuff. Very flexible work environment. Flat hierarchy of management. Huge codebases to start with. Good for software engineers to develop skills. Good to put on resume.

    ConsWork pressure is big. The company likes code better than research ideas. Research progress is slow due to the constraints on the tools.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGoogle research can be more dedicated on advancing the state-of-the-art to compete with other industrial research labs such as Microsoft Research and IBM T.J. Watson Research Center.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fun place to work, smart people, too many meetings

    MBA Intern (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsPeople are smart and very friendly, the perks are unbeatable, the pay is fair for corporate world, and there are always new interesting things going on.

    ConsWay too many meetings (can fill half of your daily calendar), sometimes poor internal information management (getting info on an earlier project can only be done by talking to someone who may be gone for weeks, rather than any centralized info mgmt center).

    Advice to Senior ManagementI'm sure many of these things have been improved over the past few years, but I think the toughest thing will be giving people opportunities for growth, especially with such a young management team.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great summer internship

    Software Engineer Intern (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsThe perks are just great, no downside, especially as an intern where I didn't really have a lot when I came. You can get or do almost anything on campus (laundry, food, car repairs, etc.). Get to work on cool/challenging projects with other smart people. I was able to make an impact almost immediately on this that were very far reaching throughout all of Google. I was also able to suggest additional improvements and implement them. This to me was amazing giving an intern the ability to suggest features and then go ahead and make them a reality. I would definitely suggest Google as a great place to intern.

    ConsCertain groups are isolated from others building to building so there isn't a lot of collaboration between teams. This sucks because I'd like to know what other projects others are working so I can know see what's going on (a lot looks like it is behind closed doors). Work-life balance doesn't really exist, as working 10+hours a day seemed to be expected with people working 8-9 hours at work and then 2+ hours at home at night. The conversion process from intern to full-time doesn't seem to be very fair and open to what's actually going on. There were very few actual intern events, I had to organize a lot myself to actually meet other interns and not just code all summer.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't stress working so much and be more open in general.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Awesome place to work

    Software Engineering Intern (Former Employee) Taipei (Taiwan)

    ProsThe opportunity to work at Google would make people envy of you. And you get a lot of benefits there: free snacks, great view of Taipei city, flexible work hours. The tools and documents are well-established and you can get to real work smoothly. The pay is also pretty high. The people there are nice and very skillful, and most importantly, they enjoy their work.

    ConsBecause there are relatively few interns, and each of them is assigned to a different team, it's harder to know others. This could reduce your sense of security. No special activities for interns. And as they expect you to be a very good developer, the guidance they give you was relatively few.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    good company

    Intern (Former Employee) Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    Prosinnovative technology and great people

    Consa little bit bureaucratic because the company is too large

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great for people interested in technology

    Intern (Former Employee) Seoul (South Korea)

    Prosgreat food, people are friendly, you can work from home, you get to handle latest in technology.

    Consthere's no privacy, constant noise and interruption,

    Advice to Senior ManagementOffice culture is great; food/perks are good too.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Love it

    Business Associate Intern (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsCulture, compensation and company. In addition very good conditions

    ConsWorking hours and the fact that senior management does not regards interns as added-value tool

    Advice to Senior ManagementShould consider the progression of interns

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    Software Engineer Intern (Former Employee) Zürich (Switzerland)

    ProsGood food
    Good working hours
    Great culture
    cool environment
    Great work colleagues
    Great perks

    ConsIt was sometimes hard to meet individuals from my background who could relate to my struggles during orientation.At some instances I was so frustrated with the company infrastructure

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great internship

    Marketing Intern (Current Employee) Moscow (Russia)

    ProsEnormous perks, comparing to other companies in RU
    Great team
    Interesting challenges

    ConsBureaucracy
    Unclear career path
    Frightening work/life balance. Colleagues do 80 hours a week, so exhausting speed of work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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