Google Intern Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 127 reviews)

  • Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor (in 249 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 114 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 85 reviews)

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  1.  

    Surrounded by the best and brightest. Always pushed and challenged. Always learning.

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    Current Employee - People Operations Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - People Operations Intern in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Compensation is great. Intern projects are well-scoped, impactful, and challenging. Flexibility is fantastic and there's a huge focus on enjoying your time/getting to know the Google culture

    Cons

    Hard to call this a "con" since it was a huge learning opportunity, but google is very ambiguous. There is little direction (tons of support when you ask though) and it's difficult at time to know what your next steps are.

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    BA

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

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

    Pros

    Great pay, location, people, perks, and culture

    Cons

    Not any cons, great place to work at

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it going and continue hiring high caliber people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Amazing intern experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Besides the delicious food, and awesome perks, one of the greatest part of interning at Google is that you really feel like you are a Googler. Google treats interns as full timers, both in terms of responsibilities and privileges. Interns can attend all company events and can become involved with nearly anything that a full time employee could.

    Cons

    I wouldn't say there are any real cons, although you will be expected to be able to balance your work with everything else. This can be tricky with all the intern events and things going on all the time.

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    Best place to intern!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an 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.  

    Good experience for summer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Summer Engineering Intern in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Summer Engineering Intern in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

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

    Pros

    I really appreciate the nice food of Google's cafe. I also love the harmonious environment in Google, such as various activities like sports meeting, Take your child at work, etc. I meet so many friendly colleagues. Besides, I enjoy Google's flexible hours.

    Cons

    Salaries for summer interns in China are not high, especially for undergraduate students, compared to interns in U.S.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hope there will be more cool teams in China.

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    Positive Outlook
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    CRM Intern

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    Current Employee - CRM Intern in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - CRM Intern in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Work Environment is good as well as the facility and flexibility

    Cons

    Salary does not commensurate with qualification compared to consulting firms

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  8.  

    Great resources to train new engineers, lots of fun and collaboration

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, good pay, fascinating projects, learn tons, think about new problems, really interesting co-workers

    Cons

    very ambitious company makes work environment stressful at times. It is easy to feel like you don't measure up to your coworkers

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Perfect experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quantitative Analyst Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Quantitative Analyst Intern in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    1. 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.

    Cons

    As 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    BOLD Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - BOLD Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - BOLD Intern in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Google 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Had the best time of my life.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Did an internship as a Software Engineer at the London office and also had the opportunity to visit Mountain View.
    * My team was great, all super talented people from different areas (most of them Ivy-leaguers) - theoretical Physisists, CS folks, hardware specialists and even guys with background in social sciences - all of them software engineers, too.
    * The project was super interesting and meaningful and unlike other companies, Google has very good tutorials/material to get you up to speed in whatever you do.
    * The atmosphere is great. Awesome food and the little micro-kitchens make you feel very comfortable. But it's not only the food, most engineers are very outgoing and fun and the ones who aren't are good at heart.
    * Reputation. Google not only does great software but does what many other large companies fail to do: they conduct research in areas beyond their core business, in areas that are completely new, only to prove everyone wrong and show what can be done. Examples (just to name a few): - Google Fiber - Google Glass - Project Loon - Google driverless car. Personally, I find this super exciting.
    * Benefits. There's so many, even for interns! Don't know where to start. You can spend 20% of your time on a project of your choice. I did a 20% project with another intern, that was really fun.
    * Cool activities. The recruiters did a truly awesome job at organizing weekly fun activities (e.g. we watched "the Internship" before its original release in the cinema, flew to the Zurich office for the "intern summit", just to name a few ). And this in addition to all the other fun stuff happening every day.

    Cons

    * many people think high of themselves; but I guess this is normal in companies that hire the best, luckliy there's most people aren't like this

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep hiring awesome tech people. Maybe raise standards for technical questions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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