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Updated 1 March 2015
Updated 1 March 2015
174 Reviews
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 140 reviews)

  • Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor (in 262 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 122 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 93 reviews)

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  1.  

    Large company, above average pay.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in London, England
    Former Intern - Intern in London, England

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

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Great working environment
    Above average pay

    Cons

    Tasks can be challenging
    Hard to standout

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Had the best time of my life.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Software Engineer Intern in London, England
    Current Intern - Software Engineer Intern in London, England

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

    Pros

    Did 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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep hiring awesome tech people. Maybe raise standards for technical questions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Love it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Business Associate Intern in London, England
    Current Intern - Business Associate Intern in London, England

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

    Pros

    Culture, compensation and company. In addition very good conditions

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should consider the progression of interns

    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Didn't quite live up to what I imagined

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Business Associate Intern in London, England
    Former Intern - Business Associate Intern in London, England

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

    Pros

    Great perks (food, gym), great kudos.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Push the interns harder.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    people, training, culture all paralleled

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Analyst Intern in London, England
    Current Intern - Analyst Intern in London, England

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    few opportunity for full time conversion after the internship

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Amazing internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Web Developer Intern in London, England
    Former Intern - Web Developer Intern in London, England

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is great here, perfect work life balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - APMM Intern in London, England
    Current Intern - APMM Intern in London, England

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    sometimes 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 ManagementAdvice

    more exposure to employees of lowest levels

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in London, England
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in London, England

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Prestigious 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Be 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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    BOLD Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - BOLD Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Intern - BOLD Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Best experience of my life. I recommend it to everybody I meet. I had the time of my life over the summer I was here. My coworkers were great, my work was interesting, I joined some intramural teams, I ate lots of good food, and more than anything it opened SO MANY doors for me down the road by having Google on my resume.

    Cons

    I came into the BOLD program because I didn't find a placement within the more traditional Software Engineering Intern role (I had accommodations for my interview which pushed back the timeline of when they could be performed... so I passed the technical screen and got through to the the team placement phase but ended up running out of time before I got placed). Anywho, BOLD is not really set up for technical interns, so there were some issues getting access to the coding resources I needed when I arrived and it was a little haphazard on that front. But I think that's probably just unique to my situation given that I was an eng in the BOLD program. The rest of the BOLDers (business/law/finance people) didn't seem to have any troubles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on keeping on. You guys rock! I only wish that I been exposed to the idea of an internship at Google earlier (I did it my senior year). To that end, I would love to see a larger push on campuses to apply, as I didn't hear about anyone from my school (NYU) talking about/applying to the program. In fact, I think there were only 2 of us who did so. I don't know how she knew to do it, but I heard through my disability network (Lime Connect) which isn't of much use to the rest of the normally functioning students.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Amazing benefits and relaxed work experience with lots of opportunities for growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - User Experience Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Intern - User Experience Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great, the attitude is really relaxed. People are very willing to chat with you about anything and they really want to share their knowledge with people The lifestyle is amazing, with opportunities for improvement in all areas that you could imagine including health

    Cons

    There is the tendency to stay on campus really late so work life balance isn't great. I'd also say the feedback system was lacking and my specific manager was not always helpful when I was trying to get advice on how to improve.

    Recommends

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