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  1.  

    Great internship program @ Google Switzerland

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Zürich (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    Google Switzerland offers a spectacular program for interns--it has great people and a stellar atmosphere/culture, with all those promised perks that just make it better. It has great food, intern events, building themes and game rooms and music rooms, etc. Interns don't feel excluded from the normal Google operations, which makes the intern feel pretty much on par with some of the full-timers. At Zürich, you still get a start-uppy smaller company feel, except you always know that it's still linked to the HQ in Mountain View, so it doesn't feel like you're out of the loop, either. There are major teams with very Interesting projects in this office as well. Lastly, Zürich is probably the best office for any intern available, due to the high ratio of interns to full timers, and the super great diversity that the office brings in, being in the center of Europe. There are people of 70+ nationalities in this office, and it's an eye-opener and definitely not short of amazing.

    Cons

    It takes time to catch up to speed as a short-term intern. Sometimes you feel a little shy to speak up, especially if it's your first internship like it was for me. The company itself sometimes seems a little too lax in culture, promoting some lazy days. The "Google Fifteen" is also very possible, since there is free food for three meals on weekdays, though this is obviously a perk too. Also, you get the feeling that there is not too much advancement available for those who want to make it big, so for a full-time ladder-climbing job, Google is probably not the company!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Learning Experience!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - APM Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Intern - APM Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    I had a wonderful time at Google as an APM intern. The experience definitely shaped how I look at myself, and how I want to approach the rest of my career.

    Cons

    It's HUGE! It's sometimes hard to get things done because of how many different people you need to talk to, and how many different knobs and levers you have to get turned.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Surrounded by the best and brightest. Always pushed and challenged. Always learning.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - People Operations Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Current Intern - People Operations Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Compensation is great. Intern projects are well-scoped, impactful, and challenging. Flexibility is fantastic and there's a huge focus on enjoying your time/getting to know the Google culture

    Cons

    Hard to call this a "con" since it was a huge learning opportunity, but google is very ambiguous. There is little direction (tons of support when you ask though) and it's difficult at time to know what your next steps are.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Amazing Internship!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Engineering Practicum Intern in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Former Intern - Engineering Practicum Intern in Cambridge, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    - Great perks
    - Excellent food
    - Working on projects that touch millions of people
    - Working for Google the past summer has helped me alot this time around to get other internships.

    Cons

    I would often stay late and get caught up in my work. It was a personal choice though.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I worked in Africa and what they paid us here was peanut!

    Former Intern - Intern in Johannesburg (South Africa)
    Former Intern - Intern in Johannesburg (South Africa)

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

    Pros

    TGIF, or the Friday happy hours were awesome and there was good food. The work culture too was very relaxed.

    Cons

    I particularly was not happy with the low salary given in Africa when our peers elsewhere were earning four figures. We were paid $500 a month!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look into Africa compensation!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    BA

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

    I have been working at Google as an intern (less than a 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
  8.  

    Engineering Practicum Intern

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

    I worked at Google as an intern (less than a 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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst experience ever

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - SWE Intern in New York, NY (US)
    Former Intern - SWE Intern in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Good pay, nice perks (free food, gym classes etc).

    Cons

    unclear and unrealistic expectations, incompetent manager, very bureaucratic, arrogant employers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please choose your employers more carefully

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Amazing intern experience

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

    I have been working at Google as an intern (less than a 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
  11.  

    Great place to enjoy work and life

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

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

    Pros

    A ton of very interesting engineering challenges to work on. Great perks and work-life balance. Amazing campus and food. All the engineers I interacted with were smart, nice, and very helpful.

    Cons

    I didn't get to know too many of the other interns or members of my team who weren't working on the same project as me. I think it's a product of the size of Google as well as its engineering demographic, which tends to be slightly older than some other, newer tech companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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