Google Intern Reviews

Updated October 10, 2014
Updated October 10, 2014
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 126 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 113 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 84 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not quite paradise, but not bad either.

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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

    Pros

    The perks and the people. Everyone knows Google so when you say you work there you don't have to explain what it means. The idea that when I checked in code to production, billions of people would be hitting it the next day - very heady.

    Cons

    I got pretty chubby, but that's my own fault. The brutal interview process means people who work there all think they're hot stuff even if they aren't. Downright obnoxious people work there, there are no standards for managers. Everyone is working on 5 projects so nobody pays attention to everything they need to. Ultra-competitive, passive-aggressive culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of China until you can do it right. You shouldn't have grown so fast in '05 and '06, your culture went down the drain.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to enjoy work and life

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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

    A ton of very interesting engineering challenges to work on. Great perks and work-life balance. Amazing campus and food. All the engineers I interacted with were smart, nice, and very helpful.

    Cons

    I didn't get to know too many of the other interns or members of my team who weren't working on the same project as me. I think it's a product of the size of Google as well as its engineering demographic, which tends to be slightly older than some other, newer tech companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good experience for an engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • 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 a software engineer in his early career years, Google was a good playground for learning many things. Google has the infrastructure and the people with expertise in virtually everything, and you can absorb a lot simply by using a lot of internal tools and practicing internal policies on code quality. Therefore having worked at Google is good both on paper and in practice.

    Cons

    At Google's scale, it is easy to be a cog in a very complicated machine that marches on. Personal growth is often a function of the team and management more than it should be. One may not necessarily find himself in the most ideal team in terms of skill fit and interest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Both pros and cons come from Google's success thus far and its scale. Not sure what one can do to amplify or mitigate them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Very comfortable environment and smart people to work with.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great environment, great infrastructure, good pay, good hours, good benefits, really take care of their employees. I had a really good experience working there since my work was very prevalent and easy to show to people. Millions of users used my project so even as an intern I really felt as if I was making an impact.

    Cons

    Hard to grow to a higher position, everyone is extremely qualified

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    good experience

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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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    great people. they are nice.

    Cons

    the interview is a little long

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to work for, some flaws

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    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Pros

    Interesting problems to solve. Nice amenities and work environment.

    Cons

    Depending on the project you work on, your work, while challenging, can feel very meaningless in the grand scheme of things. The company is a bit scatter brained, which can lead to great things, but also neglected projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Awesome place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Taipei (Taiwan)

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

    Pros

    The opportunity to work at Google would make people envy of you. And you get a lot of benefits there: free snacks, great view of Taipei city, flexible work hours. The tools and documents are well-established and you can get to real work smoothly. The pay is also pretty high. The people there are nice and very skillful, and most importantly, they enjoy their work.

    Cons

    Because there are relatively few interns, and each of them is assigned to a different team, it's harder to know others. This could reduce your sense of security. No special activities for interns. And as they expect you to be a very good developer, the guidance they give you was relatively few.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Dynamic and difficult

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    Former Employee - Intern in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Intern in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Google part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    the offices inspire creativity. most importantly the executives are easily available and this allows for great insight on current projects.

    Cons

    one of the big issues was the lack of flexibility. it is very difficult if almost impossible to get a few days off to travel ext..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    good company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Intern in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

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

    Pros

    innovative technology and great people

    Cons

    a little bit bureaucratic because the company is too large

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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