Google intern Reviews

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 105 reviews)

  • Free food, amazing people, amazing vision - almost everything about this company is a pro (in 220 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 100 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 71 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very enjoyable internship experience in a chill environment with minor drawbacks.

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

    I worked at Google as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits - from the intern housing, food, gyms, etc.

    Work environment is very relaxed allowing for flexible working hours (great for me since I'm not much of a morning type).

    High diversity of things to work on as well as work locations.

    Cons

    Getting to big/corporate making things sometimes move too slow, whereas it maybe shouldn't.

    "Googleyness" as a mantra for people to state their opinion as if it is absolute/Google's and use as it was a proper argument. This might be the only thing I didn't like about it's culture.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Internship experience at Google

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

    I worked at Google as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Best environment and great colleauges

    Cons

    Should make sure to join the right group

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    they are a very good company to work for

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Google as an intern for less than a year

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Intern for Platforms Team

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    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 for less than a year

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great

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

    I have been working at Google as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great experience, great people and company

    Cons

    No, may be an interview process could be better organized

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    No

  7.  

    One of the best places to work

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    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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Google is a wonderful place to intern.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

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

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

    I have been working at Google as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great program, environment, good perks

    Cons

    Not a lot of structure in terms of goals and evaluation

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

    Open-air culture, but great if that suits you

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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 for less than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good Post Grad Opportunity

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    Former Employee - Intern In Sales  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Intern In Sales in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

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    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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

    I worked at Google

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Let junior people complain

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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