Google Reviews

Updated September 23, 2014
Updated September 23, 2014
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 115 reviews)

  • Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor (in 241 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 111 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 82 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.  

    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 for less than a year

    Pros

    great people. they are nice.

    Cons

    the interview is a little long

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    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 for less than a 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
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  5.  

    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 for less than a 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
  6.  

    Awesome place to work

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    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern  in  Taipei (Taiwan)
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Taipei (Taiwan)

    I worked at Google as an intern for less than a 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
  7.  

    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 for more than a 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
  8.  

    good company

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Intern in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I worked at Google as an intern for less than a 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
  9.  

    Great for people interested in technology

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Seoul (South Korea)
    Former Employee - Intern in Seoul (South Korea)

    I worked at Google as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    great food, people are friendly, you can work from home, you get to handle latest in technology.

    Cons

    there's no privacy, constant noise and interruption,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Office culture is great; food/perks are good too.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Love it

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    Current Employee - Business Associate Intern  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Associate Intern in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Culture, compensation and company. In addition very good conditions

    Cons

    Working hours and the fact that senior management does not regards interns as added-value tool

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should consider the progression of interns

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    I was a software engineering intern that had a great time but didn't necessarily learn that much

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    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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Culture, work environment, pay, benefits -- everything was generally pretty great. As far as work places go, there's not much to complain about.

    Cons

    Intern projects aren't always completely fleshed out, so in the case of what I worked on, it was very scattered and not terribly cohesive. The stuff I worked on, as well as what my team did in general, might've ended up just getting scrapped.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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