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Google Intern Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    BOLD Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Awesome

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Kirkland, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Kirkland, WA

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

    Pros

    They value your ideas. The employees were happy to work there. Awesome food, awesome people, awesome projects. Flexible working hours, and everyone were dedicated to their job!

    Cons

    Of course the expectations are high. It might be hard to work with people in different countries states when you work on the same project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good Balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    They really care about the welfare of the employees

    Cons

    It can become an isolated bubble sometimes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work, smart peoples, lots of fun

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    - Good payment for intern
    - Smart colleagues
    - Focused engineering
    - Clear vision
    - Free food (and good!)
    - Free shuttle bus

    Cons

    - Constant streams of work (or if you enjoy it!)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company in every way.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Legal Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Legal Intern in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    This company is exceptional because it realizes the true value of human capital. Employees are treated well, encouraged to grow in their profession and experience work on projects outside of their normal expertise.

    Working at Google is also an exceptional resume item, and regarded very highly by other employees (if you ever decide to leave)

    Cons

    I cannot think of any whatsoever. This company is superlative in every way. If I absolutely had to come up with a con, I would say that the worst part of working at Google is the innate guilt I experience when others talk about their jobs and then ask about mine. It is hard to have to explain to others how amazing a workplace Google provides, and to witness the incredulous looks others give.

    (To explain why I am no longer working at Google - I simply left for another opportunity in a different area that Google does have, but I would love to one day return.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to maintain the learning, growing, employee-first culture that makes Google such an amazing professional environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Intern (2012 and 2013)

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SWE Intern in San Bruno, CA
    Former Employee - SWE Intern in San Bruno, CA

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

    Pros

    Smart people. The food is great. You get to work on projects of immense scale. The pay is great. There is a lot of glamour that comes with the job. People are impressed when they hear that you work for Google.

    Cons

    Google is in a state of denial regarding its bureaucracy. It is a huge company and it should accept that fact to fix inefficiencies. A couple of VPs are obviously more interested in politics than in the greater good. The playful, smart company with "don't be evil" as a motto is a vision that has cleary disappeared. Google is no different than any other big company and they are starting to realize it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic Internship

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Exciting projects, great people, great food, fun intern social events.

    Cons

    Living in the Google bubble.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on making the hiring and intern host-matching processes more transparent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Awesome 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

    Amazing place to work! It has great benefits even for interns, and it's easy to make big impacts.

    Cons

    There aren't that many downsides. Google is just kind of big, but they are really good for a big company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Amazing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Intern in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Love the autonomy and the benefits

    Cons

    Super hard, but there is lots of room for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Love you guys to death man

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good place for intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Open culture, helpful mentor, free food

    Cons

    I cannot think any of cons

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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