Google intern Reviews

Updated 28 August 2014
Updated 28 August 2014
2,481 Reviews

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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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  1.  

    Good place for intern

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

    I have been working at Google as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Open culture, helpful mentor, free food

    Cons

    I cannot think any of cons

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Intern (2012 and 2013)

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

    I worked at Google as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Smart 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.

    Cons

    Google 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Google Summer of Code Intern

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

    I worked at Google as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Google is a fantastic place to work

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Googly experience is very helpful in my overall development

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    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern (Graduate Student)  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern (Graduate Student) in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I worked at Google as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    superb environment and facilities;
    great support to employees, such as workstation setup, ergonomic support, and experiment facilities training and support;
    various opportunities for life-long learning;
    good practices learned through the internship has a long-lasting effect on my further development;

    Cons

    All interns are talented but some might be too young to keep to socially acceptable conduct on and off the Google campus.

    This year, some of my fellow interns have made a mess in the company-provided accommodation (which is btw an awesome flat with other friendly residents), and our neighbors are quite upset about the misbehaviors by my fellow interns.

    I hope that Google can put more weight on overall personally in their candidate selection process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I hope that Google can put more weight on overall personally in their candidate selection process.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Intern review

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Intern in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I have been working at Google as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The final interview was more friendly and given to provide the applicant a chance to ask questions about the company. Overall, it seemed like work culture was very collegial and friendly.

    Cons

    There were three interviewers, and each interview lasted 45 minutes. Each of the interviews seemed to focus on slightly different areas: the first interview focused on understanding of technology and included a puzzle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The second interview asked many scenario-type questions, such as "What would you do in XYZ situation?" and "How would you respond to XYZ in a work setting".

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Awesome but huge company

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    Current Employee - BOLD Intern  in  Ann Arbor, MI (US)
    Current Employee - BOLD Intern in Ann Arbor, MI (US)

    I have been working at Google as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Obvious pros, free food, massages, large network, TGIF

    Cons

    Large company so easy to get lost, or, as an entry level employee, work on something that someone else is already working on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Google as an intern

    Pros

    Incredibly smart people, given lots of responsibility for only being an intern, awesome work environment and the office was fun to be in.

    Cons

    Had to move across the country, which really wasn't that big of a deal because Google paid for it, but wasn't an ideal move at the time either.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep letting smart people do what they are doing. Clearly the company is doing something right.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great food, OK projects

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    Former Employee - Software Development Intern  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Development Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I worked at Google as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    there was good food, the cafeterias were amazing.
    my fellow engineers were awesome, everyone is very smart.

    Cons

    boring legacy c++ applications. felt like i was a "data plumber"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Self driving cars!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Efficient.

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    Current Employee - Design Intern  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Design Intern in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at Google as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    As everyone knows, Google has great perks. No surprises. This internship looks good on my resume and hopefully will lead to more opportunities.

    Cons

    I work long hours as an intern, but I wouldn't necessarily consider this a con since I am learning and it is great experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Engineering Intern

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    Current Employee - Engineering Intern  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at Google as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    I got to do what I love most and that is doing things that matter. Like other interns I was treated like a normal employee instead of some one to get coffee
    Great pay for interns
    Fantastic benefits

    Cons

    A lot of hard work and can be very stressful at times. Work can go past 40 hours a week which can take an effect on your work life balance

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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