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Updated Jul 17, 2014
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4.5 129 reviews

98% Approve of the CEO

Google Co-Founder & CEO Larry Page

Larry Page

(83 ratings)

97% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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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    MBA Intern

    MBA Intern (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA (US)

    ProsThe food is good. The events can be fun. MBA Interns get a few special events to participate in.

    ConsGoogle Enterprise was not a good place to intern with. The company isn't exactly sure whether it wants to invest in enterprise because the sales capacity to close a deal is not ideal compared to advertising. The summer was pretty lonely because the Partner Programs team is all seated in London or Europe. My manager didn't seem to really know what he wanted out of the project I was working on.

    Advice to Senior Management- Better alignment between project and company goals
    - Don't put an intern on an island
    - Your pitch at MBA schools isn't the greatest - refine so it doesn't sound too arrogant

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good stamp, but hardly fun

    Intern (Former Employee)

    Prosgreat compensation, travel, amenities
    great food
    information / knowledge sharing
    lot of interesting opportunities, however one needs to be lucky to get them...

    Consno fun and culture as compared to google in other countries
    no appreciation and encouragement
    less transperency than expected from google

    Advice to Senior Managementinternships are meant for learning, making mistakes and mentorship, and one really needs to be appreciated for ghardwork, and guided when gone wrong

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Didn't quite live up to what I imagined

    Business Associate Intern (Former Employee) London, England

    ProsGreat perks (food, gym), great kudos.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementPush the interns harder.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great internship

    Software Engineer Intern (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA (US)

    ProsVery smart people, great food and other perks (massages!), interesting project, good mentoring for interns, lots of events for interns.

    ConsCompany is too big, as an intern interested in joining full-time it is hard to find out what other projects are that people work on. No general talks or internal project sites to look at.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    BOLD intern (non development role)

    BOLD Intern (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA (US)

    ProsPerks, benefits, brand name on the resume

    Conslack of training, lots of responsibility for interns

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrain your interns for specific roles. Its thier fault if they cannot figure out how to do thier job at that point.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent, but Stressful.

    Intern (Former Employee) Cambridge, MA (US)

    ProsGreat infrastructure, great technology, great food (bad for keeping fit though).

    ConsSlow process from idea to launch, too many hoops to run through.
    Infrastructure not easily transferable outside of Google.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore efficient ways to go from ideas to launch.

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    6 people found this helpful  

    Google

    Intern (Current Employee) Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    Pros-Free food

    -Very young management and college-like atmosphere

    -Google's market dominance and absence of significant competitors

    -Potential for high salaries at the higher management levels

    -Very smart people

    Cons-Low compensation for the lower positions

    -Limited promotion opportunities

    -Most people here are over qualified for the type of work they do, resulting in lack of challenge.

    -Becoming increasingly bureaucratic as it grows, which means more budget approvals and red tape.

    -Hard to diffirentiate yourself amongst all the smart people, making it harder to advance.

    -The lower pay in Google is supposed to be balanced out by all the 'perks' provided to you in the office, however unless you think that someone else knows better your consumption habits, you would probably want to have the cash instead!

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more open to new ideas and encourage cross-team collaboration.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Depends on where you end up.

    Software Engineering Intern (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA (US)

    ProsThe perks, food and transportation being the main ones, but there are lots of things that make it a geek's paradise if you're into that sort of thing - games everywhere, free tickets and shuttles for some movies when they open (Transformers was one), etc. Let's face it, it looks good on your resume. The chance to meet some very bright and interesting people. There are so many opportunities to educate yourself about the world through your employer - everything from tech talks on a variety of technical topics to visits by politicians and public figures. It's cool to be on the inside and learn about new products everyone else will be talking about soon.

    ConsMy experience was that of an intern so it may not be typical, but I ended up doing work I had absolutely no interest in and didn't envision getting my degree for without much opportunity to do something different. When interns are recruited they don't have much of a say on what type of work they'd like to do, so if you're stuck with something you don't like and want to work on more interesting things, that's what evenings and weekends are for.

    If you have a PhD you can do some fascinating things at Google, but if you just have an undergrad degree you might be better off at a smaller company where you will get more opportunities to do different kinds of work that span several job positions at Google.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProducts like Lively are released while some others with much more potential have been languishing in development for years. Seriously, what are you thinking?

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    Not quite paradise, but not bad either.

    Software Engineering Intern (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA (US)

    ProsThe perks and the people. Everyone knows Google so when you say you work there you don't have to explain what it means. The idea that when I checked in code to production, billions of people would be hitting it the next day - very heady.

    ConsI got pretty chubby, but that's my own fault. The brutal interview process means people who work there all think they're hot stuff even if they aren't. Downright obnoxious people work there, there are no standards for managers. Everyone is working on 5 projects so nobody pays attention to everything they need to. Ultra-competitive, passive-aggressive culture.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet out of China until you can do it right. You shouldn't have grown so fast in '05 and '06, your culture went down the drain.

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    Love it

    Business Associate Intern (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsCulture, compensation and company. In addition very good conditions

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementShould consider the progression of interns

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