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Great place for an internship

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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

Really, really smart people. Great pay. Great perks. Great culture. You can really tell that almost everyone there thinks they are doing what is best for the world. They aren't just there to make a quick buck.

Cons

It seems like there are a lot of people who are over-qualified for what they're doing. This isn't really an issue for an intern but it could be down the road. As an intern, it can be stressful trying to get your project done in such a short amount of time. No one puts pressure on you but if you want to get a full time offer, you probably want to try to impress them. Also, since they're obsessed with (un-biased) data, they insist on having interns do more interviews at the end of their internship if they want to convert to full time. If you happen to have a bad day or get an interviewer you really don't click with, you're basically screwed, no matter how good your reviews from your manager and co-workers are. After this, they are VERY strict about you not re-applying for a least a year, by which point anyone would have already found another job.

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    Great company

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    Good environment, free food, and you work with the newest innovative products.

    Cons

    Some people can make you feel dumb.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to employees more often.

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    If you want to work at a big company, this is the one to work at

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    Former Employee - Design Manager  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Design Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits and perks. Lots of challenging problems to solve. Unlimited resources (if you're working on the right things). Most important of all, an incredible mission.

    Cons

    Lots of underperforming long time employees and managers aren't courageous enough to fire them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more active in rewarding performance rather than tenure.

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