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Google Reviews

Updated 15 April 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  2. Helpful (2)

    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  3. 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

    Look into Africa compensation!

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  5. BA

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay, location, people, perks, and culture

    Cons

    Not any cons, great place to work at

    Advice to Management

    Keep it going and continue hiring high caliber people

  6. Engineering Practicum Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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 Management

    More support leading up to the internship

  7. Helpful (4)

    Worst experience ever

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Please choose your employers more carefully

  8. 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  9. 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Good experience for an engineer

    • 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    As a software engineer in his early career years, Google was a good playground for learning many things. Google has the infrastructure and the people with expertise in virtually everything, and you can absorb a lot simply by using a lot of internal tools and practicing internal policies on code quality. Therefore having worked at Google is good both on paper and in practice.

    Cons

    At Google's scale, it is easy to be a cog in a very complicated machine that marches on. Personal growth is often a function of the team and management more than it should be. One may not necessarily find himself in the most ideal team in terms of skill fit and interest.

    Advice to Management

    Both pros and cons come from Google's success thus far and its scale. Not sure what one can do to amplify or mitigate them.

  11. Google SDev Intern

    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern

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

    Pros

    Google on the inside is pretty much exactly what it looks like from the outside, no surprises, fun internship, lots of opportunity to continue with them once your internship is up.

    Cons

    I enjoyed my summer there, although I would recommend if you have a choice work at one of the larger offices, I worked at a smaller office and didn't feel like I got the whole Google experience.

    Advice to Management

    As an intern I didn't really deal with management.

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