Google Intern Reviews

Updated 21 October 2014
Updated 21 October 2014
2,597 Reviews
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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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company to intern at!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - BOLD Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - BOLD Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - Fun corporate culture
    - Competitive pay
    - Amazing people
    - Challenging work
    - Good work-life balance
    - Plenty of opportunity to travel
    - Free food!

    Cons

    - Very demanding
    - High expectations
    - Stressful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    They really care about the welfare of the employees

    Cons

    It can become an isolated bubble sometimes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Intern (2012 and 2013)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an 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
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    I was a software engineering intern that had a great time but didn't necessarily learn that much

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

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

    Cons

    Intern 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company in every way.

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

    I have been working at Google full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    This 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)

    Cons

    I 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic Internship

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Living in the Google bubble.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on making the hiring and intern host-matching processes more transparent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Google Summer of Code Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an 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
  9.  

    Amazing

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

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

    Pros

    Love the autonomy and the benefits

    Cons

    Super hard, but there is lots of room for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Love you guys to death man

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place for intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Open culture, helpful mentor, free food

    Cons

    I cannot think any of cons

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Intern review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Intern in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

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