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Updated Jun 26, 2014
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4.5 127 reviews

                             

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Google Co-Founder & CEO Larry Page

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    Perfect experience

    Quantitative Analyst Intern (Current Employee)
    Mountain View, CA

    Pros1. There are rich resources for internal training.
    2. Flexible time and nice work/life balance.
    3. Generous payment and relocation stipend.
    4. Gorgeous people to work and interact at work.
    5. Google holds internal weekly meetings to share the most recent progress in various teams.

    ConsAs the company is too big, it takes more time to learn about the different opportunities on a higher level. Typical projects have narrow focuses and it is hard to learn what everybody else is doing in the team.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Dynamic and difficult

    Intern (Former Employee)
    San Antonio, TX

    Prosthe offices inspire creativity. most importantly the executives are easily available and this allows for great insight on current projects.

    Consone of the big issues was the lack of flexibility. it is very difficult if almost impossible to get a few days off to travel ext..

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

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    BOLD Intern

    BOLD Intern (Current Employee)
    Mountain View, CA

    ProsGreat benefits, incredible culture, hard-working peers, and great opportunities to grow professionally. The environment promotes teamwork and support rather than competition and sabotage which is great.

    ConsGoogle is not immune to office politics. Many people are invested in their own responsibilities and projects that it becomes difficult to ensure that you are receiving the necessary and training for your own job. Also, mobility is more common horizontally rather than vertically.

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

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    Great place for an internship

    Software Engineer Intern (Former Employee)
    Mountain View, CA

    ProsReally, really smart people. Great pay. Great perks. Great culture. You can really tell that almost everyone there thinks they are doing what is best for the world. They aren't just there to make a quick buck.

    ConsIt seems like there are a lot of people who are over-qualified for what they're doing. This isn't really an issue for an intern but it could be down the road. As an intern, it can be stressful trying to get your project done in such a short amount of time. No one puts pressure on you but if you want to get a full time offer, you probably want to try to impress them. Also, since they're obsessed with (un-biased) data, they insist on having interns do more interviews at the end of their internship if they want to convert to full time. If you happen to have a bad day or get an interviewer you really don't click with, you're basically screwed, no matter how good your reviews from your manager and co-workers are. After this, they are VERY strict about you not re-applying for a least a year, by which point anyone would have already found another job.

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

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    A stimulating summer experience

    Software Engineer Intern (Former Employee)
    Mountain View, CA

    ProsEveryone's very bright and hardworking, but everyone knows this already. More important, the Google culture is one of openness. Many docs are publicly visible, so you can learn about other projects in the company, and people enjoy talking about what they're working on.

    ConsThis varies significantly by location, but some workspaces are very tightly crammed, with people sitting side-by-side in long tables. This is a distracting and unpleasant work environment. It's like being in an industrial chicken coop. Engineers need quiet!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Awesome

    Software Engineer Intern (Former Employee)
    Kirkland, WA

    ProsThey value your ideas. The employees were happy to work there. Awesome food, awesome people, awesome projects. Flexible working hours, and everyone were dedicated to their job!

    ConsOf course the expectations are high. It might be hard to work with people in different countries states when you work on the same project.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work!

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

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    Excellent and fun intern program!

    Software Engineer Intern (Former Employee)
    Kirkland, WA

    ProsWork on interesting and challenging intern projects, meet with lots of smart guys

    ConsMay not have the chance to have a impact on the product release, depends on the projects and teams

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

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    Good Balance

    Software Engineering Intern (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThey really care about the welfare of the employees

    ConsIt can become an isolated bubble sometimes

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

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    Great place to work, smart peoples, lots of fun

    Summer Intern (Former Employee)
    Mountain View, CA

    Pros- Good payment for intern
    - Smart colleagues
    - Focused engineering
    - Clear vision
    - Free food (and good!)
    - Free shuttle bus

    Cons- Constant streams of work (or if you enjoy it!)

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

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    I was a software engineering intern that had a great time but didn't necessarily learn that much

    Software Engineer Intern (Former Employee)
    Mountain View, CA

    ProsCulture, work environment, pay, benefits -- everything was generally pretty great. As far as work places go, there's not much to complain about.

    ConsIntern projects aren't always completely fleshed out, so in the case of what I worked on, it was very scattered and not terribly cohesive. The stuff I worked on, as well as what my team did in general, might've ended up just getting scrapped.

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

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