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"I had the best summer of my life working at Google."

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  • Senior Management
Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Boulder, CO
Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Boulder, CO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Google as an intern (Less than a year)

Pros

Google takes great care of you! You are treated with respect, and are given real responsibilities. There is an enormous amount of freedom (creative and otherwise). The work environment is simply great - the community is very friendly and easy-going, great to work with, always open to discuss ideas. Google tries really hard to make the workplace as fun and interesting as possible. And of course, having Google on your resume is great!

Cons

There is a lot of freedom to do things your way, but there is also a lot of responsibility that comes with it. You will not always be told what to do and how to do things. It is your responsibility to come out and talk to your team or manager about any questions that you may have, or any problems that you might run into. If you run into trouble with your assignment, you have to stand up and ask help - and more often than not, there will be someone on your team who can help you, or at least point you in the right direction.

I've also felt on occasion that there is too much freedom, and it takes a lot of self discipline to stay focused and respect work ethics and be responsible. If you are the kind of person who tends to slack off if your boss isn't always on your tail, this company isn't for you.

Other Employee Reviews for Google

  1. "Awesome place to work, but big company issues starting to surface."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Google full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart coworkers
    Great office locations
    Great benefits
    Interesting projects

    Cons

    All the benefits are designed to get you to work more
    Large company is starting to forget about the individual

    Advice to Management

    Handle the defragmentation effort with a little bit more sensitivity to employee situations


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Terrible experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Global Partnerships Management in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Global Partnerships Management in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Google is an amazing company. Innovative, passionate, insisting and investing to stay young, and continuously trying to improve

    Cons

    Google sucks when it comes to bringing on board new talent with a strong and accomplished caliber and assisting its integration into the operations. Instead of making the younger and less experienced work-force absorb the experience and Know-How, Google embraced a weak and overly flat environment which allows the least experienced ones set the tone and fight off external Know-How and experience. That's not really a company that wants to change but rather a company that it suffers from massive turn-over in sales and business operations and instead of fighting it off with a confident infusion of experience operations leader, it created an overly flat and 'fuzzy' environment, where everyone is obsessed with trying to please others and be sweet on the expense of doing the right thing.

    Advice to Management

    All this 'we are all loving each other and having fun together' is good for a young company but it is just not enough for building up a stronger and more mature and experienced caliber that would be able to sustain the company's growth, once it turns gigantic.
    Overly flat and collaborate corporate environment to the level young and clueless account managers sitting and raising ideas in senior management team meetings is showing weakness to establish a clear and confident reporting and development environment.

    No one wants to turn into the new Microsoft but going overly 'flat' won't solve it

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