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Updated July 28, 2015
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Pros
  • 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. Helpful (6)

    Google

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Intern in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I have been working at Google

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Free food -Very young management and college-like atmosphere -Google's market dominance and absence of significant competitors -Potential for high salaries at the higher management levels -Very smart people

    Cons

    -Low compensation for the lower positions -Limited promotion opportunities -Most people here are over qualified for the type of work they do, resulting in lack of challenge. -Becoming increasingly bureaucratic as it grows, which means more budget approvals and red tape. -Hard to diffirentiate yourself amongst all the smart people, making it harder to advance. -The lower pay in Google is supposed to be balanced out by all the 'perks' provided to you in the office, however unless you think that someone else knows better your consumption habits, you would probably want to have the cash instead!

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to new ideas and encourage cross-team collaboration.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Stupid internship

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - SMB Services Intern in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Intern - SMB Services Intern in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working at Google opens jobs for better jobs in the IT industry. Linkedin, Facebook, Baidu, they all pay more.

    Cons

    I was interviewed to work with SMB Services which means you will talk 4 hours daily with angry customers on the phone. It´s a call center. That´s not why I graduated from Brazil´s best university for. Stupid job and extremely stressfull. Bad management, mine was only worried about her organic dietary restrictions and keeping her hair blond instead of providing support for her employees.

    Advice to Management

    You cannot rely on the name Google forever and keep doing bsusiness led by stupid recently graduated from University employees.


  3. Helpful (3)

    A great place for software engineers, but not researchers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Good work!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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

    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.


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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  7. 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


  8. Intern for Platforms Team

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Current Intern - Software Engineer Intern 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

    Work is very challenging, culture is fantastic. There is always something going on and it's easy to get yourself involved in anything, even if it's outside your area of expertise.

    Cons

    Be prepared to spend huge amounts of time teaching yourself most of what you need to know. If you can get to know people early, this isn't so bad.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Engineering Intern

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Engineering Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Intern - Engineering Intern in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I got to do what I love most and that is doing things that matter. Like other interns I was treated like a normal employee instead of some one to get coffee Great pay for interns Fantastic benefits

    Cons

    A lot of hard work and can be very stressful at times. Work can go past 40 hours a week which can take an effect on your work life balance


  10. Great time over the summer.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    Pros

    Great pay and work-life balance.

    Cons

    Too much uncertainty about being able to return.


  11. Helpful (1)

    A great place to intern

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in New York, NY

    I have been working at Google

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    For a prospective software engineer who is in college, I do not think there is a much better place to work. Unparalleled internal learning resources, very smart team members, very good pay, great perks.

    Cons

    Huge organization and you are rolling the dice as to whether you'll get an interesting project and a fun team.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice for upper management.



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