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Updated July 12, 2017
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  • Work life balance is often mentioned but rarely (in 285 reviews)

  • Sometimes you feel you are very alone in this big company (in 242 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to enjoy work and life"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A ton of very interesting engineering challenges to work on. Great perks and work-life balance. Amazing campus and food. All the engineers I interacted with were smart, nice, and very helpful.

    Cons

    I didn't get to know too many of the other interns or members of my team who weren't working on the same project as me. I think it's a product of the size of Google as well as its engineering demographic, which tends to be slightly older than some other, newer tech companies.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good experience for an engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    As a software engineer in his early career years, Google was a good playground for learning many things. Google has the infrastructure and the people with expertise in virtually everything, and you can absorb a lot simply by using a lot of internal tools and practicing internal policies on code quality. Therefore having worked at Google is good both on paper and in practice.

    Cons

    At Google's scale, it is easy to be a cog in a very complicated machine that marches on. Personal growth is often a function of the team and management more than it should be. One may not necessarily find himself in the most ideal team in terms of skill fit and interest.

    Advice to Management

    Both pros and cons come from Google's success thus far and its scale. Not sure what one can do to amplify or mitigate them.

  3. "Very comfortable environment and smart people to work with."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment, great infrastructure, good pay, good hours, good benefits, really take care of their employees. I had a really good experience working there since my work was very prevalent and easy to show to people. Millions of users used my project so even as an intern I really felt as if I was making an impact.

    Cons

    Hard to grow to a higher position, everyone is extremely qualified


  4. "good experience"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great people. they are nice.

    Cons

    the interview is a little long


  5. "Great company to work for, some flaws"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting problems to solve. Nice amenities and work environment.

    Cons

    Depending on the project you work on, your work, while challenging, can feel very meaningless in the grand scheme of things. The company is a bit scatter brained, which can lead to great things, but also neglected projects.


  6. "Dynamic and difficult"

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    Former Employee - Intern in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Intern in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    the offices inspire creativity. most importantly the executives are easily available and this allows for great insight on current projects.

    Cons

    one of the big issues was the lack of flexibility. it is very difficult if almost impossible to get a few days off to travel ext..


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent and fun intern program!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Kirkland, WA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Kirkland, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work on interesting and challenging intern projects, meet with lots of smart guys

    Cons

    May not have the chance to have a impact on the product release, depends on the projects and teams

  8. "I was a software engineering intern that had a great time but didn't necessarily learn that much"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture, work environment, pay, benefits -- everything was generally pretty great. As far as work places go, there's not much to complain about.

    Cons

    Intern projects aren't always completely fleshed out, so in the case of what I worked on, it was very scattered and not terribly cohesive. The stuff I worked on, as well as what my team did in general, might've ended up just getting scrapped.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Googly experience is very helpful in my overall development"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern (Graduate Student) in Mountain View, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern (Graduate Student) in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    superb environment and facilities;
    great support to employees, such as workstation setup, ergonomic support, and experiment facilities training and support;
    various opportunities for life-long learning;
    good practices learned through the internship has a long-lasting effect on my further development;

    Cons

    All interns are talented but some might be too young to keep to socially acceptable conduct on and off the Google campus.

    This year, some of my fellow interns have made a mess in the company-provided accommodation (which is btw an awesome flat with other friendly residents), and our neighbors are quite upset about the misbehaviors by my fellow interns.

    I hope that Google can put more weight on overall personally in their candidate selection process.

    Advice to Management

    I hope that Google can put more weight on overall personally in their candidate selection process.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Now too big ... but still great company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Collaborating with smart people
    - Working on world's most popular products and seeing its impacts
    - Awesome perks (food, gyms, events, etc.)

    Cons

    - Peer pressure makes you work really hard
    - Campus is very crowded (the worst is Charlie at lunch time)
    - It is hard to join teams that you want to.

    Advice to Management

    I think management is doing very well


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