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Updated April 28, 2017
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  • Work life balance is often mentioned but rarely (in 279 reviews)

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  1. "SWE Intern"

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

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

    Pros

    The people, the challenges and the benefits are all on-point. You can learn anything you want while on campus.

    Cons

    You don't get as much impact and you end up feeling like you don't really matter all that much, it can get pretty impersonal pretty quickly.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Software Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good people. great work environment.

    Cons

    intern work may not be valuable to the company. fortunately mine was production


  3. "Pretty good internship"

    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
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Very smart people if you get on the right team
    - Chance to work on really big products that over a billion people use
    - Good learning experience in terms of engineering practices, team organization, management style, etc.
    - Lots of resources for you to learn on your own if you so choose
    - Company is still a prestigious place to work 17 years after founding (this is really unique in tech). Great brand equity. Head hunters start poaching you as soon as you add Google to your LinkedIn. You could every interview you apply for in the future. People in other industries like management consulting and finance respect it too.
    - Perks are spectacular

    Cons

    - Interview process was painful. Host matching took over 3 months.
    - Not all teams are good. Due to its size, Google has some not-so-great people and if you have to work with the, you will be miserable.
    - People who have worked here a long time tend to be complacent and non-entrepreneurial. They don't have the same drive as people at startups.
    - Everything is done the Google way which is generally as efficient as it gets at this scale but is still slow, methodical and perhaps suboptimal.
    - For a company that is super successful on the outside, people on the inside don't seem to know what they're doing as much as you would hope. They're just working on every possible project under the sun fueled by ads money hoping to strike gold with a few products.
    - Politics and bureaucracy exist though they make an active effort to reduce it

    Advice to Management

    Try to reinvigorate the entrepreneurial startup culture of the early days. Give employees more autonomy, hire fewer people and focus efforts.


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  5. "Amazing company at heart, but needs more focus on design"

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing company, really cares about employees. Google is definitely starting to care a lot more about the importance and integration of design into its products. Food, activities, quirky culture, ecstatic, vibrant atmosphere, all employees are amazing to interact with, many opportunities to learn and grow.

    Cons

    Internal engineering-backlash toward design. Former design coworkers would regularly hear engineers complain about design decisions. Building half the product is what is favored over making it really polished before released. The mindset that "Google is and always will be an engineering company." needs to change to "Google is a company that cares about people."

    Contractors are treated like second-class employees. This is unacceptable. Period.

    Advice to Management

    Let the design flowwwwww


  6. "Great Internship"

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

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

    Pros

    You will learn a ton and truly live the life of a pampered employee over your summer internship. Massage chairs, 3 free meals per day, unlimited drinks on tap.

    Cons

    Honestly you will most likely be a very small cog in a very large machine... If you are OK basically being a highly paid drone, then you will do great at Google.


  7. "Greatest place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - BOLD Intern in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - BOLD Intern in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at Google full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing management, perks, food, fun, coworkers, atmosphere, it was just a wonderful place to work.

    Cons

    potential long hours depending on your time management, also requires lots of friendliness and networking which is great unless you're an introvert


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great internship experience!"

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

    I have been working at Google (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Google has amazing people working there, and they are eager to help you learn as much as possible. The other benefits are just icing on the cake.

    Cons

    There are not that many women working at Google or in leadership positions there. This negatively affects the team dynamics, for both men and women. Women reading this - apply! Aim high! You can do it!

    Advice to Management

    Hire more women, and you will find that team productivity will drastically increase. You also will probably find that the more women you hire, the more women will stay. This will be a positive cycle (although the opposite is also true).


  9. "MBA Intern"

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

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

    Pros

    Remarkable transparency, excellent perks, and outstanding work-life balance.

    Cons

    Highly variable summer experience within departments and across functions.


  10. "A Great Place to Intern"

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

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

    Pros

    Everybody either knows what they're talking about, or knows they don't know what they're talking about: nobody thinks they know what they're talking about but actually doesn't.

    Snacks, meals, drinks provided and easily accessible nearly anytime anywhere on campus.

    Transportation (with Wi-Fi!) to and from work

    Open access to documents and code related to nearly any Google product allows employees to feel a part of the greater company, even while focusing on their individual component

    Flexible work hours

    Cons

    As an Engineering Practicum intern, I was required to fill out a timesheet, which was tedious.

    Probably could get paid more elsewhere

    Advice to Management

    Continue to provide a culture of innovation and creativity. Google is successful because of the commitment given by the engineers; give them everything they need.


  11. "Engineering Pracitcum Internship @ Google"

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

    I worked at Google (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Well-paid, fun, everyone is friendly, work as much you want and can do, off site visits, it's Google!

    Cons

    too many people, imposter-syndrome inducing, no symmetry is prohect complexity among interns on different teams, it's Google!

    Advice to Management

    Let people progress faster.


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