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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 (2)

    Great company to work at

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay, work whenever convenient for you. The free food is simply amazing. Lots of perks like massages, micro kitchens, tech talks. The tech stops and hardware depots are great assets, you can go pick up headphones or a new keyboard and mouse for office use. The work place is very open, interaction with other employees is very easy. It is filled with very intelligent and fun people. The company is very open, you can ask questions directly to the CEO or Founders during TGIF question and answer sessions. Interns don't get nearly as much perks and benefits as full time employees, but that's expected. Google probably has one of the highest pays for interns. It is definitely one of the best places to work at.

    Cons

    Promotions don't seem to happen too often due to the fact that there is very short chain of command and little bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Give more incentive and encourage to do longer intern terms so they are not forced to work on small isolated projects most of time with little visibility to the rest of the engineers on the team.


  2. Great perks, great projects, great food, long hours if you're not careful.

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

    I worked at Google

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There's a ton of engineering resources, and everything is pretty open and transparent within the company. Lots of on the job perks, and there are really cool projects all over the company to spend time on.

    Cons

    There is a culture of working long hours there, and 20% time is pretty much a myth now. If anything, it's 120% time. As well, the San Francisco to Mountain View commute is a little grating after a while.

    Advice to Management

    As an intern, I didn't really interact with senior management a whole lot, so I couldn't really say.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Fantastic place to intern!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern

    I worked at Google

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Very smart and rational co-workers/managers, most of them (even the superstars) down-to-earth and approachable. 2. Good salary and some benefits (e.g., food/drinks/outings/events), even for interns. 3. The general atmosphere is very vibrant, morale is very upbeat, and both of these contribute to productivity for sure. 4. The ability to make an impact is incredible - there is already a powerful platform with wide reach, so you are sure to have your work get a "first look", sustained interest depends upon the usefulness of the contribution though. 5. Especially for interns, it is a great feeling to have your opinions heard and respected, even on critical long-term projects. 6. Diverse engineering crowd, unlike other tech. companies like Cisco and Microsoft which are Asian/Indian heavy - this is good or bad depending on your preference.

    Cons

    1. Because the peer group is so good, expectations run high, as a result many people have to put in long hours. 2. Many engineers do not seem to engage in 20% projects - they can do these only if they find time from their main projects, which, due to point 1 above, is difficult without seriously affecting work/life balance. 3. I hear that career growth within the company is challenging - if you are someone who runs after job titles, this is not the place for you - you might end up having same/similar job titles for many years.

    Advice to Management

    Not in a position to give advice, but I think individual career growth is something that needs to be focused on.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    It deserves it's "Best Place To Work" title.

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

    I worked at Google

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Google was founded based on the ideals of having a comfortable work environment, and it shows. Free food and tons and tons of benefits are available. Other examples include free bikes, on-site gyms and massages, free shuttle busses around the bay area, and even free co-op cars for employees who bike to work. Aside from the benefits, the people at Google are also what makes it stand out: you'll constantly be in close proximity to some of the smartest people (albeit some are weird) around. Of course since there are so many projects, the work quality can vary, but I was extremely happy with my assigned work when I was there as an Intern.

    Cons

    Since there are so make projects going on a Google, you may be hired and work on something not so interesting. Of course there are opportunities to change your team, it may take a while. Similarly, since some projects are just experimental projects, it's possible that your project is shut down and you're moved to something else. Though not technically a 'downside', the only reason I am not returning to Google is because of the lack of hiring right now. I was interviewed and offered a full-time job, however it wasn't in the type of work that I wanted to do. This is also the case with a handful of other interns that I know.

    Advice to Management

    I didn't deal with Senior management enough to have an opinion.


  6. Helpful (4)

    A great place to work but upward mobility seems less than likely

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    Former Employee - BOLD Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - BOLD Intern in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Still one of the best places to work--amazing perks, a true commitment to work-life balance, incredible openness about important company information from the top-down, dedicated to providing feedback and resources to help you develop professionally, smart/friendly/driven individuals that you interact with every day

    Cons

    Base pay is just okay; work is not easy (very sink or swim), lots of internal procedures are always changing and often confusing; difficult to maintain a balance with so many things going on at once (a diversity/chaos of activity)

    Advice to Management

    Providing opportunities for accelerated upward growth will help reward top talent


  7. Paradise for geeks like me

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

    I worked at Google

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Talent people, happy environment, good food

    Cons

    Start to act like a big company

    Advice to Management

    Keep it this way. Grow team with adoption of company culture. Some buildings in main campus may need to improve working conditions.


  8. Great

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a great experience

    Cons

    There is absolutely no cons


  9. Great place to start your career

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

    I worked at Google

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing benefits, amazing people that make you grow, and amazing work. You really feel like what you're doing has an impact on the world.

    Cons

    It's easy to become a "number" at Google if you don't put yourself out there. You have to be assertive and willing to throw out new ideas. That said, depending on your job role, often that can be harder than it seems.

    Advice to Management

    I really loved my experience with management. Great mentorship experience and I received a lot of specific feedback about my work and progress.


  10. good

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    everything looks fine to me

    Cons

    almost no cons to me


  11. Helpful (2)

    Great internship experience and responsibility, but it definitely depends on which team you're on

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    • 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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very open communication from senior management all the way down to interns Vested interest in employees and personal development (GoogleEDU) Smartest / most creative people I've met

    Cons

    Slow recruiting and conversion process Such a large company that it's difficult to be organized (in terms of knowing how to get a certain piece of information or resource)

    Advice to Management

    Speed up the recruiting process because you lose valuable candidates when you wait too long to give decisions



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