Google Intern Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 127 reviews)

  • Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor (in 249 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 114 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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  1.  

    Awesome BOLD Summer Internship

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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 (less than an 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
  2.  

    One of the best companies to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Google as an intern (less than an 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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

    Cons

    I don't have much to say here

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    A great summer software engineering internship at Google

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    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 an year)

    Pros

    The atmosphere in Google's offices can best be described as "college-like." It's about as far from the Dilbert-esque corporate boredom as you could possibly get. The food was great, and while I stayed in the office for long hours every day, my work schedule didn't feel oppressive to me, simply because it was such a nice work environment. The meals, microkitchens, and enjoyment of just taking a break and walking around the building and finding random pool tables, porch swings, and napping pods made staying in the office an enjoyable experience--not to mention the challenging and interesting project that I was working on.

    Cons

    My biggest complaint with Google is linked to the college-like atmosphere--there is not enough space in the Mountain View office in which I worked. Our room had 16 people in it when there should have been no more than nine. To someone like me who is easily distracted by extraneous noise and conversation, I found it challenging to filter out the distractions of overhearing so many other conversations. I found it necessary to wear ear buds with good noise insulation, and to pipe white noise through my earphones, in order to concentrate well enough to be productive.

    Recommends
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best internship!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Platforms Project Manager Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Platforms Project Manager Intern in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Google treats interns even better than full time employees. All of the employees all the way up to VP personally spend time with you and take your opinion.

    Cons

    The hiring process at Google is really slow and not very transparant.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Loved it.

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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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great environment, really smart people, really interesting projects, good company goals/objectives.

    Cons

    Of course, since Google has grown so much, it's harder to get things done/it takes a really long to push code or get things out there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Smart people, good support, real problems, and strong manegement

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Google runs smoothly. Engineers don't have to worry about management getting in the way. The company is moving in a good direction and is staying innovative. The people there really care about making a good product and doing good by their users.

    Cons

    It was hard for me to attain a work/life balance. Google is very family friendly, so people do work reasonable hours, but a lot of people, including me, worked much longer hours.

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

    A great place to work, learn and have fun

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Very attractive company culture; great work-life balance; genius co-workers; some interesting intern events; very nice recruiting team; good pay; free food and many more things

    Cons

    Basically no. Maybe the gifts are not very exciting

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Incredible people.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    You work with the smartest engineers in the world. You solve very difficult problems. You eat delicious food.

    Cons

    You eat too much delicious food. On a more serious note, it may be a bit difficult to separate work from life because of how closely Google seems to integrate its people. You'll have to work very hard to have a life outside of your code.

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    The recruitment process sometimes seems a little messy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    An amazing company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great flexibility and very friendly work environment.

    Cons

    A lot of inquisitive questions from outsiders about inside work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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