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Google intern Reviews

Updated 20 October 2015
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  1. "Didn't quite live up to what I imagined"

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    Former Intern - Business Associate Intern in London, England
    Former Intern - Business Associate Intern in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great perks (food, gym), great kudos.

    Cons

    Was not inspired by the work I was doing, there are lots of smart people doing very mundane jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Push the interns harder.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Unfair treatment"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You can learn a lot from internal materials if you want to. Great culture. Perks, teammates are awesome. You can enjoy free food in lots of cafes.

    Cons

    Salary is fair. Work is not challenging enough. Experiences vary in different teams. Some teams are good while some teams are not. My manager isn't nice to me. He didn't trust me and didn't give me fair reviews. He didn't give me enough help either in my work or in my career development. I won't recommend my team to any of my friend.

    Advice to Management

    They might need to educate managers about how to manage a team and how to give feedbacks to the employees to help them grow.


  3. "Software Engineer Intern"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good welfare, free food, lots of activities, and impressed infrastructure.

    Cons

    Strongly feeling about no impact in company, even I finished a project that is fairly important.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing to say, because it is really hard to manage such big company.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Stupid internship"

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    Current Intern - SMB Services Intern in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Intern - SMB Services Intern in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working at Google opens jobs for better jobs in the IT industry. Linkedin, Facebook, Baidu, they all pay more.

    Cons

    I was interviewed to work with SMB Services which means you will talk 4 hours daily with angry customers on the phone. It´s a call center. That´s not why I graduated from Brazil´s best university for. Stupid job and extremely stressfull. Bad management, mine was only worried about her organic dietary restrictions and keeping her hair blond instead of providing support for her employees.

    Advice to Management

    You cannot rely on the name Google forever and keep doing bsusiness led by stupid recently graduated from University employees.


  6. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Former Employee - Intern in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benifits , smart people and challenging work

    Cons

    Tasks could be very stressful sometimes


  7. "I worked in Africa and what they paid us here was peanut!"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Johannesburg (South Africa)
    Former Intern - Intern in Johannesburg (South Africa)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    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!


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineering Intern"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Food, buses, free bikes, internal tooling. The only good things about Google in my experience were the perks really.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, I was placed on a very boring internal project which I don't think should've been necessary in the first place. Since Google is such a truly massive company, there is a very real risk that you will spend all of your time and energy on what is essentially grunt-work to keep the massive ads machine rolling along.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "The project wasn't as exciting as it was advertised"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As an intern I had plenty of time to do whatever I wanted to. Also, since the project was pretty open ended, I didn't have specific deadlines to meet, except for having something to deliver at the end of the internship. My host and I were pretty much the only people who had any idea what was going on there. Other employees, however, seemed pretty tense about meeting expectations. Compensation was very good.

    Cons

    Office culture was annoying. A number of people hoping they would be the next Steve Jobs would deliver motivational speeches while wearing a turtleneck. Training was what I could expect it to be. There's a lot of material that had been developed over time, in form of online tutorials, which are pretty useful at any stage. Generally, the place seemed way too large, and spreading over way too many areas for people to get an idea of what the general direction was. Also, it was hard to get attached to a particular project, particularly given that a good number of these end up in the dumpster, so it's hard to see your own contribution growing into something nice. I wouldn't recommend to younger people to work in Mountain View. That place is boring, and unless you are willing to drive every day to San Francisco and back, there's nothing interesting going around there. Employees are pretty boring, most of them are overqualified people who ended up coding trivial stuff. Because of this, you always notice how people are trying to engage in some sort of weird competition involving things like solving mathematical puzzles and making a point about how they are the smartest employees any company could ever have.


  10. "Great internship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very smart people, great food and other perks (massages!), interesting project, good mentoring for interns, lots of events for interns.

    Cons

    Company is too big, as an intern interested in joining full-time it is hard to find out what other projects are that people work on. No general talks or internal project sites to look at.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "BOLD intern (non development role)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Intern - BOLD Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Intern - BOLD Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Perks, benefits, brand name on the resume

    Cons

    lack of training, lots of responsibility for interns

    Advice to Management

    Train your interns for specific roles. Its thier fault if they cannot figure out how to do thier job at that point.



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