Google Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
2,508 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 117 reviews)

  • Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor (in 244 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 111 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 83 reviews)

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  1.  

    Very comfortable environment and smart people to work with.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Google as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great environment, great infrastructure, good pay, good hours, good benefits, really take care of their employees. I had a really good experience working there since my work was very prevalent and easy to show to people. Millions of users used my project so even as an intern I really felt as if I was making an impact.

    Cons

    Hard to grow to a higher position, everyone is extremely qualified

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Google SDev Intern

    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern

    I worked at Google as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Google on the inside is pretty much exactly what it looks like from the outside, no surprises, fun internship, lots of opportunity to continue with them once your internship is up.

    Cons

    I enjoyed my summer there, although I would recommend if you have a choice work at one of the larger offices, I worked at a smaller office and didn't feel like I got the whole Google experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As an intern I didn't really deal with management.

  3.  

    good experience

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Google as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    great people. they are nice.

    Cons

    the interview is a little long

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Best place to intern!

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    Current Employee - Engineering Practicum Intern  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Practicum Intern in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Generous housing stipend. Salary is not super high but there are free food and free shuttle to make it up. Very supportive & friendly managers, host, mentors and co-workers. Lots of training classes for personal development. Lots of resources. Almost everything/everyone is accessible.

    Cons

    No personal rooms even for managers. Open workspace is quite distracting. The first few weeks are very intimidating and over-whelming.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to work for, some flaws

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    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Google as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Interesting problems to solve. Nice amenities and work environment.

    Cons

    Depending on the project you work on, your work, while challenging, can feel very meaningless in the grand scheme of things. The company is a bit scatter brained, which can lead to great things, but also neglected projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great people, work, and environment

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    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    The company is extremely transparent internally, supports lifelong learning (if there is something you want to learn it is likely there is a class available on the topic), and you work with some of the smartest people around. The work environment is great, as is the food, fitness centers, and other added benefits.

    Cons

    If you end up on a project you aren't all that interested in or a team you don't quite mesh with, you may not enjoy your work as much as you could if you were placed on another team/project, though it seems fairly painless to switch teams if you aren't enjoying what you do anymore.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Software Engineering Intern

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    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Food, buses, free bikes, internal tooling. The only good things about Google in my experience were the perks really.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, I was placed on a very boring internal project which I don't think should've been necessary in the first place. Since Google is such a truly massive company, there is a very real risk that you will spend all of your time and energy on what is essentially grunt-work to keep the massive ads machine rolling along.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Learn, work and have fun

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Google as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Besides great work environment, learning opportunity is another great benefit for fresh graduates, including Google technologies, Google culture & values, and learning from other great people. Work-life balance is pretty good. People will not expect you to work late or during weekends, as people care about your work quality not your work time.

    Cons

    As a big company, Google also has to have many management process during code development, so sometimes your working pace will not be as fast as you expected.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great work environment, incredibly smart co-workers, very collaborative.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    It's Google. But seriously, tons of cool stuff going on, and the ability to impact lives at scale. The work is challenging.

    Cons

    It's easy to get caught up in the multitude of emails, especially when working on teams that cross timezones. Work-life balance is something that you have to specifically think about.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    The project wasn't as exciting as it was advertised

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    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    As an intern I had plenty of time to do whatever I wanted to. Also, since the project was pretty open ended, I didn't have specific deadlines to meet, except for having something to deliver at the end of the internship. My host and I were pretty much the only people who had any idea what was going on there. Other employees, however, seemed pretty tense about meeting expectations. Compensation was very good.

    Cons

    Office culture was annoying. A number of people hoping they would be the next Steve Jobs would deliver motivational speeches while wearing a turtleneck.

    Training was what I could expect it to be. There's a lot of material that had been developed over time, in form of online tutorials, which are pretty useful at any stage. Generally, the place seemed way too large, and spreading over way too many areas for people to get an idea of what the general direction was. Also, it was hard to get attached to a particular project, particularly given that a good number of these end up in the dumpster, so it's hard to see your own contribution growing into something nice.

    I wouldn't recommend to younger people to work in Mountain View. That place is boring, and unless you are willing to drive every day to San Francisco and back, there's nothing interesting going around there. Employees are pretty boring, most of them are overqualified people who ended up coding trivial stuff. Because of this, you always notice how people are trying to engage in some sort of weird competition involving things like solving mathematical puzzles and making a point about how they are the smartest employees any company could ever have.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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