Google Intern Reviews

Updated 21 October 2014
Updated 21 October 2014
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 127 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 114 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 85 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great people, work, and environment

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    • 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
  2.  

    Learn, work and have fun

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an 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
  3.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (less than an 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
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    Software Engineering Intern

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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 as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Food, buses, free bikes, internal tooling. The only good things about Google in my experience were the perks really.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, I was placed on a very boring internal project which I don't think should've been necessary in the first place. Since Google is such a truly massive company, there is a very real risk that you will spend all of your time and energy on what is essentially grunt-work to keep the massive ads machine rolling along.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    CRM Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CRM Intern in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - CRM Intern in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Work Environment is good as well as the facility and flexibility

    Cons

    Salary does not commensurate with qualification compared to consulting firms

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    The project wasn't as exciting as it was advertised

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    • 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 as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    As an intern I had plenty of time to do whatever I wanted to. Also, since the project was pretty open ended, I didn't have specific deadlines to meet, except for having something to deliver at the end of the internship. My host and I were pretty much the only people who had any idea what was going on there. Other employees, however, seemed pretty tense about meeting expectations. Compensation was very good.

    Cons

    Office culture was annoying. A number of people hoping they would be the next Steve Jobs would deliver motivational speeches while wearing a turtleneck.

    Training was what I could expect it to be. There's a lot of material that had been developed over time, in form of online tutorials, which are pretty useful at any stage. Generally, the place seemed way too large, and spreading over way too many areas for people to get an idea of what the general direction was. Also, it was hard to get attached to a particular project, particularly given that a good number of these end up in the dumpster, so it's hard to see your own contribution growing into something nice.

    I wouldn't recommend to younger people to work in Mountain View. That place is boring, and unless you are willing to drive every day to San Francisco and back, there's nothing interesting going around there. Employees are pretty boring, most of them are overqualified people who ended up coding trivial stuff. Because of this, you always notice how people are trying to engage in some sort of weird competition involving things like solving mathematical puzzles and making a point about how they are the smartest employees any company could ever have.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 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.

  9.  

    Awesome place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Taipei (Taiwan)

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

    Pros

    The opportunity to work at Google would make people envy of you. And you get a lot of benefits there: free snacks, great view of Taipei city, flexible work hours. The tools and documents are well-established and you can get to real work smoothly. The pay is also pretty high. The people there are nice and very skillful, and most importantly, they enjoy their work.

    Cons

    Because there are relatively few interns, and each of them is assigned to a different team, it's harder to know others. This could reduce your sense of security. No special activities for interns. And as they expect you to be a very good developer, the guidance they give you was relatively few.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (less than an 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
  11.  

    Perfect experience

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

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

    Pros

    1. There are rich resources for internal training.
    2. Flexible time and nice work/life balance.
    3. Generous payment and relocation stipend.
    4. Gorgeous people to work and interact at work.
    5. Google holds internal weekly meetings to share the most recent progress in various teams.

    Cons

    As the company is too big, it takes more time to learn about the different opportunities on a higher level. Typical projects have narrow focuses and it is hard to learn what everybody else is doing in the team.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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