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Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
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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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Googly experience is very helpful in my overall development

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Now too big ... but still great company

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    • 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 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
  3.  

    Great time over the summer.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google as an intern (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
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  5. 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 (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
  6.  

    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 (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
  7.  

    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 (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
  8.  

    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 (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
  9.  

    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 (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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great internship

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in Moscow (Russia)
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in Moscow (Russia)

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

    Pros

    Enormous perks, comparing to other companies in RU
    Great team
    Interesting challenges

    Cons

    Bureaucracy
    Unclear career path
    Frightening work/life balance. Colleagues do 80 hours a week, so exhausting speed of work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very enjoyable internship experience in a chill environment with minor drawbacks.

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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 (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits - from the intern housing, food, gyms, etc.

    Work environment is very relaxed allowing for flexible working hours (great for me since I'm not much of a morning type).

    High diversity of things to work on as well as work locations.

    Cons

    Getting to big/corporate making things sometimes move too slow, whereas it maybe shouldn't.

    "Googleyness" as a mantra for people to state their opinion as if it is absolute/Google's and use as it was a proper argument. This might be the only thing I didn't like about it's culture.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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