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. 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 for 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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    Flexible projects, humble and energetic environment

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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

    Cutting edge in tech, supportive culture, good compensation

    Cons

    I don't have anything negative to say

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the open culture, and penchant for risk taking with new ventures!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unbelievable Internship Experience

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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

    Incredibly internal transparency, great compensation, and some of the smartest and most engaging people in the world. Was encouraged to pursue my passion with an extra '20%' project, and was given work that really matters.

    Cons

    Very flat corporate structure. This means a lot of movement laterally, but can sense some frustration with employees for moving up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to explore + innovate, and keep culture of intellectual enthusiasm.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great internship

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    • 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

    Very smart people, great food and other perks (massages!), interesting project, good mentoring for interns, lots of events for interns.

    Cons

    Company is too big, as an intern interested in joining full-time it is hard to find out what other projects are that people work on. No general talks or internal project sites to look at.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Awesome BOLD Summer Internship

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    • 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

    Smart people, great perks (food, gyms, fun, free SWAG), overal good experience for a college kid looking to learn a bunch while having a great summer

    Cons

    From the summer, it seemed that business opportunities were a bit limited. Also, recruiting timelines took forever -- they were very slow about getting back to candidates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    One of the best companies to work for

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    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Everything included. Amazing culture and people.

    Cons

    Getting slower as it's a big company - but probably still the best of its size.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    this is probably the best place to work as a software engineer

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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 for less than a year

    Pros

    perks, flexibility in hours, salary, holiday, work is fun

    Cons

    I don't have much to say here

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Best environment and great colleauges

    Cons

    Should make sure to join the right group

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    they are a very good company to work for

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Google is a very good working environment. The employees are all very nice and very helpful. You never feel out of place.

    Cons

    You will be surrounded by extremely smart people. It can be intimidating at times. Long hours can occur when deadlines must be met.

    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 for less than a 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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