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A great summer software engineering internship at Google

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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

The 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.

Cons

My 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.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best internship!

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

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

    Pros

    Google treats interns even better than full time employees. All of the employees all the way up to VP personally spend time with you and take your opinion.

    Cons

    The hiring process at Google is really slow and not very transparant.

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  2.  

    Best internship I can think of

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern
    Former Intern - Intern

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

    Pros

    - Free good food and great compensation.
    - Being able to just leave work, play an hour of volleyball (Halo, Table tennis, whatever floats your boat) and continue working.
    - Respect from employers even though they can be twenty years older than you.
    - Company decisions are transparent even to the interns.
    - Everyone being smart and still respecting an opinion you give.

    Cons

    The work you are doing might not be really interesting, but if you can afford to have a long host matching process, you can find the project most fitting to you.

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    Keep up the good work!

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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