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Updated 29 January 2015
Updated 29 January 2015
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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 Employee - Intern in London, England
    Former Employee - 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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - APMM Intern in London, England
    Current Employee - 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.  

    Good environment.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Current Employee - 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
  7.  

    Great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  8.  

    Business Associate Program Intern

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Associate Intern in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Internship

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance, interesting projects, fun people, stress-free environment.

    Cons

    None that I can think of, anymore ...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Paradise for programmers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Intern in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I worked at Google full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Open, friendly, free, warm atmosphere
    Smart , helpful colleagues
    delicious food

    Cons

    maybe too many distractions,but it depends

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Makes you feel good about working

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Cambridge, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    I found the company has a very open, positive culture. Everything is better with primary colors. The longer I spent there, the more assured I felt that Google was a force for good. It's really easy to drink the Kool-Aid.

    Cons

    The work you're assigned to might not be as interesting as you hoped, given that, it is, after all, Google.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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