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Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 128 reviews)

  • Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor (in 252 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 115 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 85 reviews)

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    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 an 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
  2.  

    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 an year)

    Pros

    perks were great, people were awesome

    Cons

    they have brilliant people doing the stupidest jobs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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 an 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
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    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 an 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great internship

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    • 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 an 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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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 an 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
  8.  

    Amazing, and intense

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    Former Employee - Intern in Mexico, Distrito Federal (Mexico)
    Former Employee - Intern in Mexico, Distrito Federal (Mexico)

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

    Pros

    People, culture, rythm, food, facilities

    Cons

    Access to information, recruitment process..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Work environment, but they projects are not interesting

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    Current Employee - Intern in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Intern in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Good Food, perks, everything is perfect, except the work

    Cons

    If you don't have a phd, you would be writing naive code (its true)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Internship experience at Google

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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 an year)

    Pros

    Best environment and great colleauges

    Cons

    Should make sure to join the right group

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Intern for Platforms Team

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    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

    Work is very challenging, culture is fantastic. There is always something going on and it's easy to get yourself involved in anything, even if it's outside your area of expertise.

    Cons

    Be prepared to spend huge amounts of time teaching yourself most of what you need to know.
    If you can get to know people early, this isn't so bad.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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