Google Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
2,506 Reviews
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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.  

    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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Excellent and fun intern program!

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern  in  Kirkland, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Kirkland, WA

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

    Pros

    Work on interesting and challenging intern projects, meet with lots of smart guys

    Cons

    May not have the chance to have a impact on the product release, depends on the projects and teams

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Googly experience is very helpful in my overall development

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    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern (Graduate Student)  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern (Graduate Student) in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    superb environment and facilities;
    great support to employees, such as workstation setup, ergonomic support, and experiment facilities training and support;
    various opportunities for life-long learning;
    good practices learned through the internship has a long-lasting effect on my further development;

    Cons

    All interns are talented but some might be too young to keep to socially acceptable conduct on and off the Google campus.

    This year, some of my fellow interns have made a mess in the company-provided accommodation (which is btw an awesome flat with other friendly residents), and our neighbors are quite upset about the misbehaviors by my fellow interns.

    I hope that Google can put more weight on overall personally in their candidate selection process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I hope that Google can put more weight on overall personally in their candidate selection process.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Now too big ... but still great company

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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

    - Collaborating with smart people
    - Working on world's most popular products and seeing its impacts
    - Awesome perks (food, gyms, events, etc.)

    Cons

    - Peer pressure makes you work really hard
    - Campus is very crowded (the worst is Charlie at lunch time)
    - It is hard to join teams that you want to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think management is doing very well

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great time over the summer.

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    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 pay and work-life balance.

    Cons

    Too much uncertainty about being able to return.

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

    Engineering Intern

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    Current Employee - Engineering Intern  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    I got to do what I love most and that is doing things that matter. Like other interns I was treated like a normal employee instead of some one to get coffee
    Great pay for interns
    Fantastic benefits

    Cons

    A lot of hard work and can be very stressful at times. Work can go past 40 hours a week which can take an effect on your work life balance

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Software Engineer Intern

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern  in  Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Zürich (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    Good food
    Good working hours
    Great culture
    cool environment
    Great work colleagues
    Great perks

    Cons

    It was sometimes hard to meet individuals from my background who could relate to my struggles during orientation.At some instances I was so frustrated with the company infrastructure

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    BOLD intern

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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

    perks were great, people were awesome

    Cons

    they have brilliant people doing the stupidest jobs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Best internship in America, hands down.

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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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Some of the smartest people in the world.

    Cons

    You can easily get lost in the clouds since work and play are blended well together.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    I was a software engineering intern in google.

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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

    The pay and perk were good. Lots of smart people to work with. Good environment. Lots of food. There are free shuttles, free laundry services. People are nice

    Cons

    It takes a lot of time to do simple things. I think that it takes a lot of time to do something significant. People are nice, but seem to be very busy with work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My manager was supportive. But he was part time. So, I didn't find him sometimes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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