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Updated Jul 27, 2014
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4.5 130 reviews

98% Approve of the CEO

Google Co-Founder & CEO Larry Page

Larry Page

(84 ratings)

98% 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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    Great place to work, smart peoples, lots of fun

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

    Pros- Good payment for intern
    - Smart colleagues
    - Focused engineering
    - Clear vision
    - Free food (and good!)
    - Free shuttle bus

    Cons- Constant streams of work (or if you enjoy it!)

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

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    Good Balance

    Software Engineering Intern (Current Employee) New York, NY (US)

    ProsThey really care about the welfare of the employees

    ConsIt can become an isolated bubble sometimes

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

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    Great company in every way.

    Legal Intern (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA (US)

    ProsThis company is exceptional because it realizes the true value of human capital. Employees are treated well, encouraged to grow in their profession and experience work on projects outside of their normal expertise.

    Working at Google is also an exceptional resume item, and regarded very highly by other employees (if you ever decide to leave)

    ConsI cannot think of any whatsoever. This company is superlative in every way. If I absolutely had to come up with a con, I would say that the worst part of working at Google is the innate guilt I experience when others talk about their jobs and then ask about mine. It is hard to have to explain to others how amazing a workplace Google provides, and to witness the incredulous looks others give.

    (To explain why I am no longer working at Google - I simply left for another opportunity in a different area that Google does have, but I would love to one day return.)

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to maintain the learning, growing, employee-first culture that makes Google such an amazing professional environment.

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

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    I was a software engineering intern that had a great time but didn't necessarily learn that much

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

    ProsCulture, work environment, pay, benefits -- everything was generally pretty great. As far as work places go, there's not much to complain about.

    ConsIntern projects aren't always completely fleshed out, so in the case of what I worked on, it was very scattered and not terribly cohesive. The stuff I worked on, as well as what my team did in general, might've ended up just getting scrapped.

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

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    Intern (2012 and 2013)

    SWE Intern (Former Employee) San Bruno, CA (US)

    ProsSmart people. The food is great. You get to work on projects of immense scale. The pay is great. There is a lot of glamour that comes with the job. People are impressed when they hear that you work for Google.

    ConsGoogle is in a state of denial regarding its bureaucracy. It is a huge company and it should accept that fact to fix inefficiencies. A couple of VPs are obviously more interested in politics than in the greater good. The playful, smart company with "don't be evil" as a motto is a vision that has cleary disappeared. Google is no different than any other big company and they are starting to realize it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fantastic Internship

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

    ProsExciting projects, great people, great food, fun intern social events.

    ConsLiving in the Google bubble.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork on making the hiring and intern host-matching processes more transparent.

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

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    Awesome experience!

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

    ProsAmazing place to work! It has great benefits even for interns, and it's easy to make big impacts.

    ConsThere aren't that many downsides. Google is just kind of big, but they are really good for a big company.

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

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    Amazing

    Intern (Former Employee) Boston, MA (US)

    ProsLove the autonomy and the benefits

    ConsSuper hard, but there is lots of room for advancement

    Advice to Senior ManagementLove you guys to death man

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

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    Good place for intern

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

    ProsOpen culture, helpful mentor, free food

    ConsI cannot think any of cons

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Google Summer of Code Intern (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA (US)

    ProsGoogle is a fantastic place to work

    ConsThere are no cons, all you have is loads of advantages

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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