Google intern Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 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.  

    Awesome engineering internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good salary. They paid for the accommodation during the whole internship. I learned a lot from the engineers and made a lot of networking.

    Cons

    If you end up starting your internship close in time the Google IO or the performance reviews you'll be by yourself for a couple of weeks. Everything moves around Mountain View you pretty much have to work at the time zone even if you are in Europe of Asia.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A great internship experience.

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

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

    Pros

    - Smart employees
    - Great learning experience
    - Cool perks (free tasty food, gym, bikes, etc.)
    - Interesting problems to solve

    Cons

    There were not many cons to my internship experience at Google. However, I could see how Google is not the best place to be for certain types. For example, even though Google tries to keep up the fast-paced, creative environment, it has become somewhat bureaucratic.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    BOLD intern

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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    Intern

    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

    Food, Life, everything was amazing as far as that goes. You get to work with geniuses.

    Cons

    low movement possible, most of my friends who are still there are are still in low level positions after many years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let people make startups within google.

  6.  

    Best internship in America, hands down.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Awesome internship

    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

    You'll work with very talented and motivated people, lots of perks, state-of-the-art infrastructure. Having the opportunity to take a look at all the wonderful stuff they've developed and taking part in the creation of new tools and products is an amazing experience, especially if you're still in college.

    Cons

    I couldn't say. The internship can be quite demanding, but it really depends on your projects, your skills and how many weeks you're staying. I wouldn't say it's a bad thing either, but I'd be prepared to be quite busy for the duration of the internship.

  8.  

    Great company, moving in important directions.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 atmosphere, Great people, Good salary

    Cons

    There could have been more plants.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent about the hiring process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I was a software engineering intern in google.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

    Fun, challenging projects and great work environment.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 for less than a year

    Pros

    - Great company culture. Valued even as an intern.
    - Fun challenging projects and you learn a ton. You will always be learning something in this company.
    - Very smart and friendly environment.
    - As an intern, career opportunities in the sense of converting to full time is a much smoother process than applying for full time without coming from an internship. Still the process is selective but considerably nicer.

    Cons

    - Experience is dependent on teams. I unfortunately had a team with less energy and drive.
    - Depending on the breadth of the project and whether you need to work with remote teams, it can really feel like a clanky large company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to maintain the company culture and make management decisions as transparent as possible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    great opportunity to learn and gain experience for a young well educated man

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

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

    Pros

    Great salary, flexible working hours, additional benefits a side, great community, great team, opportunity to learn new technologies, great city, good restaurants, excellent food

    Cons

    long way from home, a lot of working hours in practice

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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