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Updated February 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance for those who aren't extremely career driven (in 332 reviews)

  • lots of happy hours and the free food is as great as everyone says it is (in 546 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can be very challenging (in 266 reviews)

  • Big company so project scope is very small (in 223 reviews)

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  1. "Best place to work at, hands-down."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    They treat their employees very well, and the work culture is very laid back and free, while stressing excellence and efficiency.

    Cons

    Sometimes I felt a bit lost due to the sheer scale of the company and the dynamic of my particular team (we were somewhat less social than other teams).

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your interns! Keep up to date with them beyond just their work, and encourage them (even more!) to seek out other interns, older mentors, and other social and professional growth opportunities.


  2. "Awesome place to implement great things and have personal growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Freestyle working environment
    Goal-oriented management. As long as you deliver right thing at the right time, you can freely manage your schedule and working style.

    Cons

    It is challenging to have lots of public exposure because there are too many excellent colleagues in this big company.

    Advice to Management

    Give people even better salaries! :)


  3. "Great company, great people, interesting projects"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SWE Intern in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - SWE Intern in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People are great
    Food is amazing
    Work is tough and interesting
    You stand to make a lot of money being that Pittsburgh cost of living is so low

    Cons

    Not the office with the coolest projects per se

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing


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  5. "Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good! I had a great experience interning here. I learned a lot and there were a lot of great perks!

    Cons

    The host matching process. I would rather interview for a particular team, than interview for a general software role and then figure out which team I am working on.

    Advice to Management

    Not much to say here. I think the management is great and I particularly enjoyed the TGIF sessions. Great way to learn what's going on at the company!


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great experience!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I was an intern at the Cambridge office and had a great time -- tons of perks like free food, massage points, an espresso bar, etc. are available to help you be the best you can be at work. The people are great and almost always assume the best of you; I never had bad interactions or felt the need to "prove myself". You can also feel that many people do actively care about doing the right thing, not just about making money or optimizing the heck out of things.

    Cons

    Because Google is so big, it is hard to feel that what you are working on has a huge impact -- in reality, not a large proportion of the work being done is of the exciting, high-impact kind -- although you could still be working on interesting, important problems.

    Advice to Management

    Work on making job definitions loose enough so that employees feel empowered to find and tackle problems ranging the gamut from pedestrian to high-impact.


  7. "Good place to learn"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Leaning opportunities
    Good perks: Food, gym, developments
    Work with smart people

    Cons

    A very big company, it is hard to stand out


  8. "A+++"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working with some of the sharpest people in the world.

    Cons

    Not enough negative / critical feedback.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


  9. "EP and SWE internships"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Intern - SWE Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Former Intern - SWE Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Google is great for someone just starting out. Interns have plenty of resources for learning, and there is a lot to learn from! An internship also instills good coding practices and style.

    Cons

    Matching process is fairly non-transparent and results can vary widely depending on the project and team you are matched with. That said, at worst, you are only looking at a boring job.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Google is a company with values and leaders that respect those values. It was a pleasure to work there.


  10. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Research Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Research Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Surrounded by smart, motivated, talented people at the top of their game.

    Cons

    Feel like a small fish in a big pond.


  11. "Summer Internship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Business Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -incredible culture
    -smart people
    -give lots of responsibility to interns
    -high leverage work

    Cons

    -recommend you work less than 40 hours



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