Google intern Reviews

Updated 10 September 2014
Updated 10 September 2014
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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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    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
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    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
  3. 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
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  5. 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
  6. 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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    Now too big ... but still great company

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

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

    Pros

    - Collaborating with smart people
    - Working on world's most popular products and seeing its impacts
    - Awesome perks (food, gyms, events, etc.)

    Cons

    - Peer pressure makes you work really hard
    - Campus is very crowded (the worst is Charlie at lunch time)
    - It is hard to join teams that you want to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think management is doing very well

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Software Engineer Intern

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern  in  Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Zürich (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    Good food
    Good working hours
    Great culture
    cool environment
    Great work colleagues
    Great perks

    Cons

    It was sometimes hard to meet individuals from my background who could relate to my struggles during orientation.At some instances I was so frustrated with the company infrastructure

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Summer 2013 Intern in the New York Office

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    Former Employee - Summer 2013 Intern  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Summer 2013 Intern in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    - Very very comfortable work environment
    - Slew of self help and training's
    - Great food
    - The perks are real and the people are helpful

    Cons

    Awesome company to work for...No Cons

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Great time over the summer.

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

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

    Pros

    Great pay and work-life balance.

    Cons

    Too much uncertainty about being able to return.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Awesome engineering internship

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Good salary. They paid for the accommodation during the whole internship. I learned a lot from the engineers and made a lot of networking.

    Cons

    If you end up starting your internship close in time the Google IO or the performance reviews you'll be by yourself for a couple of weeks. Everything moves around Mountain View you pretty much have to work at the time zone even if you are in Europe of Asia.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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