Google Intern Reviews

Updated 20 October 2014
Updated 20 October 2014
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 126 reviews)

  • Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor (in 249 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 113 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 84 reviews)

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  1. 2 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 an 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
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  2.  

    Amazing internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 an 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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 an 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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    BA

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - BOLD Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Current Employee - BOLD Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great pay, location, people, perks, and culture

    Cons

    Not any cons, great place to work at

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it going and continue hiring high caliber people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Engineering Practicum Intern

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

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

    Pros

    Cool projects, great support for your hosts and mentors, fun work environment. Best internship to date!

    Cons

    Could be hard to get to know fellow interns who you are not working with. Finding housing before the start can be stressful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More support leading up to the internship

    Recommends
  7.  

    Amazing intern experience

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

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

    Pros

    Besides the delicious food, and awesome perks, one of the greatest part of interning at Google is that you really feel like you are a Googler. Google treats interns as full timers, both in terms of responsibilities and privileges. Interns can attend all company events and can become involved with nearly anything that a full time employee could.

    Cons

    I wouldn't say there are any real cons, although you will be expected to be able to balance your work with everything else. This can be tricky with all the intern events and things going on all the time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Google SDev Intern

    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern

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

    Pros

    Google on the inside is pretty much exactly what it looks like from the outside, no surprises, fun internship, lots of opportunity to continue with them once your internship is up.

    Cons

    I enjoyed my summer there, although I would recommend if you have a choice work at one of the larger offices, I worked at a smaller office and didn't feel like I got the whole Google experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As an intern I didn't really deal with management.

  9.  

    Best place to intern!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 (less than an 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
  10.  

    Good experience for summer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an 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
  11.  

    Great people, work, and environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

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