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A great summer software engineering internship at Google

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

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

ProsThe atmosphere in Google's offices can best be described as "college-like." It's about as far from the Dilbert-esque corporate boredom as you could possibly get. The food was great, and while I stayed in the office for long hours every day, my work schedule didn't feel oppressive to me, simply because it was such a nice work environment. The meals, microkitchens, and enjoyment of just taking a break and walking around the building and finding random pool tables, porch swings, and napping pods made staying in the office an enjoyable experience--not to mention the challenging and interesting project that I was working on.

ConsMy biggest complaint with Google is linked to the college-like atmosphere--there is not enough space in the Mountain View office in which I worked. Our room had 16 people in it when there should have been no more than nine. To someone like me who is easily distracted by extraneous noise and conversation, I found it challenging to filter out the distractions of overhearing so many other conversations. I found it necessary to wear ear buds with good noise insulation, and to pipe white noise through my earphones, in order to concentrate well enough to be productive.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Google is a great place to work

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I have been working at Google


Pros: Work ambiance Opportunities Smart people Great product Great perks Cons: Promotion process quite unfair Bureaucracy Politics Lack of design spirit Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More

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World-class co-workers.

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I have been working at Google full-time for more than 5 years


Pros: Google is the most fun and rewarding place I've ever worked. There are cool problems to solve and you're encouraged to solve them. Engineers get… Cons: As at any big company, there are political battles. Sometimes grungy engineering work gets ignored in the face… Advice to Senior Management: Keep trusting your employees and keep pushing the bounds of… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More

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