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Updated April 16, 2017
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  • Work life balance is often mentioned but rarely (in 270 reviews)

  • Google is a big company with a lot of insider technologies; don't expect to know it all from day one (in 231 reviews)

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  1. "Fun, challenging projects and great work environment."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 company culture. Valued even as an intern.
    - Fun challenging projects and you learn a ton. You will always be learning something in this company.
    - Very smart and friendly environment.
    - As an intern, career opportunities in the sense of converting to full time is a much smoother process than applying for full time without coming from an internship. Still the process is selective but considerably nicer.

    Cons

    - Experience is dependent on teams. I unfortunately had a team with less energy and drive.
    - Depending on the breadth of the project and whether you need to work with remote teams, it can really feel like a clanky large company.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to maintain the company culture and make management decisions as transparent as possible.


  2. "Great company, moving in important directions."

    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

    Great atmosphere, Great people, Good salary

    Cons

    There could have been more plants.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent about the hiring process.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome internship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    You'll work with very talented and motivated people, lots of perks, state-of-the-art infrastructure. Having the opportunity to take a look at all the wonderful stuff they've developed and taking part in the creation of new tools and products is an amazing experience, especially if you're still in college.

    Cons

    I couldn't say. The internship can be quite demanding, but it really depends on your projects, your skills and how many weeks you're staying. I wouldn't say it's a bad thing either, but I'd be prepared to be quite busy for the duration of the internship.


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  5. "Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Intern - Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Food, Life, everything was amazing as far as that goes. You get to work with geniuses.

    Cons

    low movement possible, most of my friends who are still there are are still in low level positions after many years.

    Advice to Management

    Let people make startups within google.


  6. "A great internship experience."

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

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

    Pros

    - Smart employees
    - Great learning experience
    - Cool perks (free tasty food, gym, bikes, etc.)
    - Interesting problems to solve

    Cons

    There were not many cons to my internship experience at Google. However, I could see how Google is not the best place to be for certain types. For example, even though Google tries to keep up the fast-paced, creative environment, it has become somewhat bureaucratic.


  7. "Awesome engineering internship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary. They paid for the accommodation during the whole internship. I learned a lot from the engineers and made a lot of networking.

    Cons

    If you end up starting your internship close in time the Google IO or the performance reviews you'll be by yourself for a couple of weeks. Everything moves around Mountain View you pretty much have to work at the time zone even if you are in Europe of Asia.


  8. "Summer 2013 Intern in the New York Office"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Summer 2013 Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Summer 2013 Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Very very comfortable work environment
    - Slew of self help and training's
    - Great food
    - The perks are real and the people are helpful

    Cons

    Awesome company to work for...No Cons


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Awesome but huge company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - BOLD Intern in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Intern - BOLD Intern in Ann Arbor, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Obvious pros, free food, massages, large network, TGIF

    Cons

    Large company so easy to get lost, or, as an entry level employee, work on something that someone else is already working on.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Efficient."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Design Intern in Seattle, WA
    Current Intern - Design Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    As everyone knows, Google has great perks. No surprises. This internship looks good on my resume and hopefully will lead to more opportunities.

    Cons

    I work long hours as an intern, but I wouldn't necessarily consider this a con since I am learning and it is great experience.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  11. "Great food, OK projects"

    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
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    there was good food, the cafeterias were amazing.
    my fellow engineers were awesome, everyone is very smart.

    Cons

    boring legacy c++ applications. felt like i was a "data plumber"

    Advice to Management

    Self driving cars!


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