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Updated June 17, 2015
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  • Work life balance can be what you want it to be on most teams (in 140 reviews)

  • Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor (in 262 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life Balance is extremely hard (in 122 reviews)

  • Big company so it takes time to know who's doing what (in 93 reviews)

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  1. Fun place to work, smart people, too many meetings

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - MBA Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - MBA Intern in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People 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.

    Cons

    Way 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 Management

    I'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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    A great place for software engineers, but not researchers

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Total 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Google 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.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Good work!

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Overall awesome, though I hate managers who brought in Microsoft style bureaucracy

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay, great projects, smart people to work with

    Cons

    Now Google is big or even huge, all kinds of people, hate the bureaucracy there, reminds me of IBM or Microsoft pyramid management

    Advice to Management

    Let junior people complain


  6. Helpful (3)

    Good Post Grad Opportunity

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern In Sales in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Intern In Sales in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great Benefits- food, gym, time off, good hours -Lots of opportunities for interns to sit in on meetings, get contact with higher-ups -Strong intern program in business and engineering -Can be proud to work at Google, your friends and family will recognize your achievement and looks great on a resume -Flexibility to work in different departments after a year or two with the company

    Cons

    -Actual day to day work not as exciting as it seems (lots of Excel, etc) -Lots of gossip inside and outside the company that account managers are just "glorified telemarketers" -Does not pay as well as finance internships though Google would like to compete with these sorts of internship programs at elite schools and campuses -Does not seem like a place you stick around too long; a young environment with lots of movement and attrition. -Recruiting process slow, flawed, and disorganized

    Advice to Management

    Improve recruiting and hiring process- it is the first part of the company to which potential employees are exposed!!


  7. Helpful (1)

    Open-air culture, but great if that suits you

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of activities, and plenty of time for training courses. Personal calls, printing etc. allowed; even let me borrow an Ethernet cable when I arrived without one. "Tech Talks" that offer a chance to ask Larry and/or Sergey questions.

    Cons

    I was a Java programmer not seated near project teammates or other Java programmers, and was on a floor with no cubicle walls. Relied on headphones for noise control whenever I needed to think deeply (which, as an undergrad intern, was more often than for full-time engineers).

    Advice to Management

    More emphasis on placing teammates together. More support needed in implementing OSS authentication clients -- would eliminate the need for an F/T engineer on many small internal apps. Employees with Asperger's/ADHD need walled cubicles to control distractions.


  8. Great place to intern, not a lot of structure, though.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - MBA Intern Senior Account Planner in Mountain View, CA
    Current Intern - MBA Intern Senior Account Planner in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great program, environment, good perks

    Cons

    Not a lot of structure in terms of goals and evaluation


  9. One of the best places to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Product Marketing Manager Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Product Marketing Manager Intern in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Google is a wonderful place to intern.

    Cons

    No Cons- I was finished with my internship and went back to school


  10. Great

    Current Intern - Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Current Intern - Intern in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great experience, great people and company

    Cons

    No, may be an interview process could be better organized

    Advice to Management

    No


  11. Helpful (1)

    they are a very good company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Google as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Google is a very good working environment. The employees are all very nice and very helpful. You never feel out of place.

    Cons

    You will be surrounded by extremely smart people. It can be intimidating at times. Long hours can occur when deadlines must be met.



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