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Google Intern Reviews

Updated 22 February 2015
Updated 22 February 2015
108 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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    • 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.

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    • 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.  

    Amazing internship

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    • 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is great here, perfect work life balance

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    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
  6.  

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

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    • 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
  7.  

    A great place to work at

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais (Brazil)
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais (Brazil)

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

    Pros

    - Highly qualified coworkers
    - Motivating projects
    - Amazing infrastructure and tools

    Cons

    - Salaries in Brazil are lower compared to other places
    - Sometimes you feel underqualified
    - Slow hiring process

    Recommends
  8.  

    An Intern's perspective

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    Former Employee - BOLD Intern
    Former Employee - BOLD Intern

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Great office culture, perks, company values, global footprint

    Cons

    promotions, compensation, smaller offices in remote areas, difficult to ignore the free snacks, too much free food

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good environment.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Hardware Engineer Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Current Intern - Hardware Engineer Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Friendly. Good environment. Open mind.

    Cons

    Very Busy, organize, life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    The whole hierarchy is very flat which is really great as you can talk to anybody with whom you have a topic to talk about. There are many very interesting people in the office.

    Cons

    There is a lot of internal technology within the company. This is great to do work inside but means than many skills are not transferable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Business Associate Program Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Business Associate Intern in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Intern - Business Associate Intern in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

    Pros

    Great program which allows you to experience the work of fulltime employees. Half of your time you will work on a client portfolio and the other half is Project Management.

    Cons

    I couldn't find any cons. I really enjoyed it and would do it again. The fact that you do slightly the same job as fulltime employees fosters integration in the teams

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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