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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. "Intern"

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    Former Intern - Intern
    Former Intern - Intern
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Google as an intern

    Pros

    Incredibly smart people, given lots of responsibility for only being an intern, awesome work environment and the office was fun to be in.

    Cons

    Had to move across the country, which really wasn't that big of a deal because Google paid for it, but wasn't an ideal move at the time either.

    Advice to Management

    Keep letting smart people do what they are doing. Clearly the company is doing something right.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Intern (2012 and 2013)"

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    Former Intern - SWE Intern in San Bruno, CA
    Former Intern - SWE Intern in San Bruno, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people. The food is great. You get to work on projects of immense scale. The pay is great. There is a lot of glamour that comes with the job. People are impressed when they hear that you work for Google.

    Cons

    Google is in a state of denial regarding its bureaucracy. It is a huge company and it should accept that fact to fix inefficiencies. A couple of VPs are obviously more interested in politics than in the greater good. The playful, smart company with "don't be evil" as a motto is a vision that has cleary disappeared. Google is no different than any other big company and they are starting to realize it.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Google Summer of Code Intern"

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    Former Intern - Google Summer of Code Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Google Summer of Code Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Google is a fantastic place to work

    Cons

    There are no cons, all you have is loads of advantages


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Fantastic Internship"

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

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

    Pros

    Exciting projects, great people, great food, fun intern social events.

    Cons

    Living in the Google bubble.

    Advice to Management

    Work on making the hiring and intern host-matching processes more transparent.


  5. "Amazing"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Intern - Intern in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Love the autonomy and the benefits

    Cons

    Super hard, but there is lots of room for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Love you guys to death man


  6. "Good place for intern"

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    Current Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Current Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Open culture, helpful mentor, free food

    Cons

    I cannot think any of cons


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great company in every way."

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

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

    Pros

    This company is exceptional because it realizes the true value of human capital. Employees are treated well, encouraged to grow in their profession and experience work on projects outside of their normal expertise.

    Working at Google is also an exceptional resume item, and regarded very highly by other employees (if you ever decide to leave)

    Cons

    I cannot think of any whatsoever. This company is superlative in every way. If I absolutely had to come up with a con, I would say that the worst part of working at Google is the innate guilt I experience when others talk about their jobs and then ask about mine. It is hard to have to explain to others how amazing a workplace Google provides, and to witness the incredulous looks others give.

    (To explain why I am no longer working at Google - I simply left for another opportunity in a different area that Google does have, but I would love to one day return.)

    Advice to Management

    Continue to maintain the learning, growing, employee-first culture that makes Google such an amazing professional environment.

  8. "Good Balance"

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    Current Intern - Software Engineering Intern in New York, NY
    Current Intern - Software Engineering Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They really care about the welfare of the employees

    Cons

    It can become an isolated bubble sometimes


  9. "Great place to work, smart peoples, lots of fun"

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

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

    Pros

    - Good payment for intern
    - Smart colleagues
    - Focused engineering
    - Clear vision
    - Free food (and good!)
    - Free shuttle bus

    Cons

    - Constant streams of work (or if you enjoy it!)


  10. "Awesome experience!"

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing place to work! It has great benefits even for interns, and it's easy to make big impacts.

    Cons

    There aren't that many downsides. Google is just kind of big, but they are really good for a big company.


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