Google intern Reviews

Updated 10 September 2014
Updated 10 September 2014
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 105 reviews)

  • Free food, amazing people, amazing vision - almost everything about this company is a pro (in 220 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 100 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 71 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Had the best time of my life.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern in London, England

    I have been working at Google as an intern for 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
  2.  

    Amazing internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Web Developer Intern  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Web Developer Intern in London, England

    I worked at Google as an intern for 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is great here, perfect work life balance

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    Current Employee - APMM Intern  in  London, England
    Current Employee - APMM Intern in London, England

    I have been working at Google as an intern for 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
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  5.  

    Best place to intern!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Practicum Intern  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Engineering Practicum Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Generous housing stipend. Salary is not super high but there are free food and free shuttle to make it up. Very supportive & friendly managers, host, mentors and co-workers. Lots of training classes for personal development. Lots of resources. Almost everything/everyone is accessible.

    Cons

    No personal rooms even for managers. Open workspace is quite distracting. The first few weeks are very intimidating and over-whelming.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good experience for summer

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    Current Employee - Summer Engineering Intern  in  Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Summer Engineering Intern in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

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

    Pros

    I really appreciate the nice food of Google's cafe. I also love the harmonious environment in Google, such as various activities like sports meeting, Take your child at work, etc. I meet so many friendly colleagues. Besides, I enjoy Google's flexible hours.

    Cons

    Salaries for summer interns in China are not high, especially for undergraduate students, compared to interns in U.S.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hope there will be more cool teams in China.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great people, work, and environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    The company is extremely transparent internally, supports lifelong learning (if there is something you want to learn it is likely there is a class available on the topic), and you work with some of the smartest people around. The work environment is great, as is the food, fitness centers, and other added benefits.

    Cons

    If you end up on a project you aren't all that interested in or a team you don't quite mesh with, you may not enjoy your work as much as you could if you were placed on another team/project, though it seems fairly painless to switch teams if you aren't enjoying what you do anymore.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Learn, work and have fun

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Google as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Besides great work environment, learning opportunity is another great benefit for fresh graduates, including Google technologies, Google culture & values, and learning from other great people. Work-life balance is pretty good. People will not expect you to work late or during weekends, as people care about your work quality not your work time.

    Cons

    As a big company, Google also has to have many management process during code development, so sometimes your working pace will not be as fast as you expected.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great work environment, incredibly smart co-workers, very collaborative.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I worked at Google as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    It's Google. But seriously, tons of cool stuff going on, and the ability to impact lives at scale. The work is challenging.

    Cons

    It's easy to get caught up in the multitude of emails, especially when working on teams that cross timezones. Work-life balance is something that you have to specifically think about.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work!

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I worked at Google as an intern

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    People 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.

  11.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern  in  Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Cambridge, MA (US)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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