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Google Intern Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 140 reviews)

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


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 122 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 93 reviews)

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  1.  

    Stupid internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SMB Services Intern in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - SMB Services Intern in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Former Employee - Intern in Taipei (Taiwan)

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Good benifits , smart people and challenging work

    Cons

    Tasks could be very stressful sometimes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I worked in Africa and what they paid us here was peanut!

    Former Employee - Intern in Johannesburg (South Africa)
    Former Employee - Intern in Johannesburg (South Africa)

    I worked at Google as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    TGIF, or the Friday happy hours were awesome and there was good food. The work culture too was very relaxed.

    Cons

    I particularly was not happy with the low salary given in Africa when our peers elsewhere were earning four figures. We were paid $500 a month!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look into Africa compensation!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    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 (less than an 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
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    The project wasn't as exciting as it was advertised

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an 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
  7.  

    Didn't quite live up to what I imagined

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Associate Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Associate Intern in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Google as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great perks (food, gym), great kudos.

    Cons

    Was not inspired by the work I was doing, there are lots of smart people doing very mundane jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Push the interns harder.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very smart people, great food and other perks (massages!), interesting project, good mentoring for interns, lots of events for interns.

    Cons

    Company is too big, as an intern interested in joining full-time it is hard to find out what other projects are that people work on. No general talks or internal project sites to look at.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    BOLD intern (non development role)

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

    I worked at Google as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Perks, benefits, brand name on the resume

    Cons

    lack of training, lots of responsibility for interns

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your interns for specific roles. Its thier fault if they cannot figure out how to do thier job at that point.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent, but Stressful.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Intern in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Great infrastructure, great technology, great food (bad for keeping fit though).

    Cons

    Slow process from idea to launch, too many hoops to run through.
    Infrastructure not easily transferable outside of Google.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More efficient ways to go from ideas to launch.

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Google

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

    I have been working at Google

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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