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Updated Jul 17, 2014
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4.5 129 reviews

98% Approve of the CEO

Google Co-Founder & CEO Larry Page

Larry Page

(83 ratings)

98% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development(in 103 reviews)

  • Free food, amazing people, amazing vision - almost everything about this company is a pro(in 218 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging(in 98 reviews)

  • Google is no different than any other big company and they are starting to realize it(in 70 reviews)

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    Awesome BOLD Summer Internship

    BOLD Intern (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsSmart people, great perks (food, gyms, fun, free SWAG), overal good experience for a college kid looking to learn a bunch while having a great summer

    ConsFrom the summer, it seemed that business opportunities were a bit limited. Also, recruiting timelines took forever -- they were very slow about getting back to candidates.

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

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    this is probably the best place to work as a software engineer

    Software Engineer Intern (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    Prosperks, flexibility in hours, salary, holiday, work is fun

    ConsI don't have much to say here

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

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    One of the best companies to work for

    Software Engineering Intern (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsEverything included. Amazing culture and people.

    ConsGetting slower as it's a big company - but probably still the best of its size.

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

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    A great summer software engineering internship at Google

    Software Engineering Intern (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsThe atmosphere in Google's offices can best be described as "college-like." It's about as far from the Dilbert-esque corporate boredom as you could possibly get. The food was great, and while I stayed in the office for long hours every day, my work schedule didn't feel oppressive to me, simply because it was such a nice work environment. The meals, microkitchens, and enjoyment of just taking a break and walking around the building and finding random pool tables, porch swings, and napping pods made staying in the office an enjoyable experience--not to mention the challenging and interesting project that I was working on.

    ConsMy biggest complaint with Google is linked to the college-like atmosphere--there is not enough space in the Mountain View office in which I worked. Our room had 16 people in it when there should have been no more than nine. To someone like me who is easily distracted by extraneous noise and conversation, I found it challenging to filter out the distractions of overhearing so many other conversations. I found it necessary to wear ear buds with good noise insulation, and to pipe white noise through my earphones, in order to concentrate well enough to be productive.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Best internship!

    Platforms Project Manager Intern (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsGoogle treats interns even better than full time employees. All of the employees all the way up to VP personally spend time with you and take your opinion.

    ConsThe hiring process at Google is really slow and not very transparant.

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

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    Loved it.

    Software Engineering Intern (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGreat environment, really smart people, really interesting projects, good company goals/objectives.

    ConsOf course, since Google has grown so much, it's harder to get things done/it takes a really long to push code or get things out there.

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

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    Smart people, good support, real problems, and strong manegement

    Software Engineering Intern (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsGoogle runs smoothly. Engineers don't have to worry about management getting in the way. The company is moving in a good direction and is staying innovative. The people there really care about making a good product and doing good by their users.

    ConsIt was hard for me to attain a work/life balance. Google is very family friendly, so people do work reasonable hours, but a lot of people, including me, worked much longer hours.

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

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    A great place to work, learn and have fun

    Software Engineer Intern (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsVery attractive company culture; great work-life balance; genius co-workers; some interesting intern events; very nice recruiting team; good pay; free food and many more things

    ConsBasically no. Maybe the gifts are not very exciting

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

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    Incredible people.

    Software Engineering Intern (Current Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsYou work with the smartest engineers in the world. You solve very difficult problems. You eat delicious food.

    ConsYou eat too much delicious food. On a more serious note, it may be a bit difficult to separate work from life because of how closely Google seems to integrate its people. You'll have to work very hard to have a life outside of your code.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe recruitment process sometimes seems a little messy.

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

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    An amazing company.

    Intern (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGreat flexibility and very friendly work environment.

    ConsA lot of inquisitive questions from outsiders about inside work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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