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A great summer software engineering internship at Google

Software Engineering Intern (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

ProsThe 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.

ConsMy 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.

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    Amazing perks, vibrant community, but limited career progression for non-engineers

    Financial Analyst (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than a year


    Pros: The perks are unparalleled. 3 meals a day and unlimited snacks, gym and comprehensive fitness… Cons: Limited career progression for non-engineers. It's a great place to be if you're a middle aged and settled down… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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    Great pay, great food, great coworkers

    Technical Writer (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than 3 years


    Pros: People, environment, and pay/perks are great. They really spoil you. Projects are challenging so you really get… Cons: Pace can be relentless. Not a great place to move up the ladder because there is so much competition. Promotions to management… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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