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Updated Jul 17, 2014
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4.5 129 reviews

98% Approve of the CEO

Google Co-Founder & CEO Larry Page

Larry Page

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97% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development(in 103 reviews)

  • Free food, amazing people, amazing vision - almost everything about this company is a pro(in 218 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging(in 98 reviews)

  • Google is no different than any other big company and they are starting to realize it(in 70 reviews)

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    Had the best time of my life.

    Software Engineer Intern (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsDid an internship as a Software Engineer at the London office and also had the opportunity to visit Mountain View.
    * My team was great, all super talented people from different areas (most of them Ivy-leaguers) - theoretical Physisists, CS folks, hardware specialists and even guys with background in social sciences - all of them software engineers, too.
    * The project was super interesting and meaningful and unlike other companies, Google has very good tutorials/material to get you up to speed in whatever you do.
    * The atmosphere is great. Awesome food and the little micro-kitchens make you feel very comfortable. But it's not only the food, most engineers are very outgoing and fun and the ones who aren't are good at heart.
    * Reputation. Google not only does great software but does what many other large companies fail to do: they conduct research in areas beyond their core business, in areas that are completely new, only to prove everyone wrong and show what can be done. Examples (just to name a few): - Google Fiber - Google Glass - Project Loon - Google driverless car. Personally, I find this super exciting.
    * Benefits. There's so many, even for interns! Don't know where to start. You can spend 20% of your time on a project of your choice. I did a 20% project with another intern, that was really fun.
    * Cool activities. The recruiters did a truly awesome job at organizing weekly fun activities (e.g. we watched "the Internship" before its original release in the cinema, flew to the Zurich office for the "intern summit", just to name a few ). And this in addition to all the other fun stuff happening every day.

    Cons* many people think high of themselves; but I guess this is normal in companies that hire the best, luckliy there's most people aren't like this

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep hiring awesome tech people. Maybe raise standards for technical questions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Love it

    Business Associate Intern (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsCulture, compensation and company. In addition very good conditions

    ConsWorking hours and the fact that senior management does not regards interns as added-value tool

    Advice to Senior ManagementShould consider the progression of interns

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    Didn't quite live up to what I imagined

    Business Associate Intern (Former Employee) London, England

    ProsGreat perks (food, gym), great kudos.

    ConsWas not inspired by the work I was doing, there are lots of smart people doing very mundane jobs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPush the interns harder.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    people, training, culture all paralleled

    Analyst Intern (Current Employee) London, England

    Prosculture, the quality of work that you undertake as an intern

    Consfew opportunity for full time conversion after the internship

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Amazing internship

    Web Developer Intern (Former Employee) London, England

    ProsGreat smart helpful people
    Lot of freedom.
    Lots of perks.

    ConsOn weekend you suddenly realize that you have to pay for food!

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It is great here, perfect work life balance

    APMM Intern (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsFacilities, people, tasks, it all makes you feel special and willing to work there. You can feel the responsibility and create legacy.

    Conssometimes it's a lot of work, sometimes food is worse at the canteen. It is really hard to find something which works wrong there

    Advice to Senior Managementmore exposure to employees of lowest levels

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great experience

    Software Engineer Intern (Former Employee) London, England

    ProsPrestigious place to work in as an intern. Great opportunity to join a real project and actually launch your own code to millions of people around the world. Relaxed atmosphere and plenty of food.

    ConsThe intern-ship programme could be a bit more organised. Also it takes ages for Google HR to react to anything esp. the recruiting process takes too long.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe a bit more organised and focused. Know what you want to achieve because you have a lot of really gifted people getting upset because you suddenly change your decision about their project.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Place to Work!

    Intern (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA (US)

    ProsThe environment and culture are wonderful. There's free food and events. The company does interesting work. You fee like your work is relevant when you work here because of the nature of the company's work. The people are nice, smart, and down to earth.

    ConsPeople are assigned a lot of work so you must be sure to do a good job balancing your workload. It's hard to get work done when you have so many awesome distractions like neat events to attend.

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    Great resources to train new engineers, lots of fun and collaboration

    Software Engineer Intern (Current Employee) Cambridge, MA (US)

    ProsFlexible work schedule, good pay, fascinating projects, learn tons, think about new problems, really interesting co-workers

    Consvery ambitious company makes work environment stressful at times. It is easy to feel like you don't measure up to your coworkers

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Perfect experience

    Quantitative Analyst Intern (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA (US)

    Pros1. There are rich resources for internal training.
    2. Flexible time and nice work/life balance.
    3. Generous payment and relocation stipend.
    4. Gorgeous people to work and interact at work.
    5. Google holds internal weekly meetings to share the most recent progress in various teams.

    ConsAs the company is too big, it takes more time to learn about the different opportunities on a higher level. Typical projects have narrow focuses and it is hard to learn what everybody else is doing in the team.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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