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Updated Jul 17, 2014
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4.5 129 reviews

98% Approve of the CEO

Google Co-Founder & CEO Larry Page

Larry Page

(83 ratings)

98% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development(in 103 reviews)

  • Free food, amazing people, amazing vision - almost everything about this company is a pro(in 218 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging(in 98 reviews)

  • Google is no different than any other big company and they are starting to realize it(in 70 reviews)

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    I was a software engineering intern that had a great time but didn't necessarily learn that much

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

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

    ConsIntern 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company in every way.

    Legal Intern (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA (US)

    ProsThis 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)

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fantastic Internship

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

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

    ConsLiving in the Google bubble.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork on making the hiring and intern host-matching processes more transparent.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Amazing

    Intern (Former Employee) Boston, MA (US)

    ProsLove the autonomy and the benefits

    ConsSuper hard, but there is lots of room for advancement

    Advice to Senior ManagementLove you guys to death man

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place for intern

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

    ProsOpen culture, helpful mentor, free food

    ConsI cannot think any of cons

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Google Summer of Code Intern

    Google Summer of Code Intern (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA (US)

    ProsGoogle is a fantastic place to work

    ConsThere are no cons, all you have is loads of advantages

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Intern (Current Employee) Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementThe 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".

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Didn't quite live up to what I imagined

    Business Associate Intern (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsGreat perks (food, gym), great kudos.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementPush the interns harder.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Googly experience is very helpful in my overall development

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

    Prossuperb environment and facilities;
    great support to employees, such as workstation setup, ergonomic support, and experiment facilities training and support;
    various opportunities for life-long learning;
    good practices learned through the internship has a long-lasting effect on my further development;

    ConsAll interns are talented but some might be too young to keep to socially acceptable conduct on and off the Google campus.

    This year, some of my fellow interns have made a mess in the company-provided accommodation (which is btw an awesome flat with other friendly residents), and our neighbors are quite upset about the misbehaviors by my fellow interns.

    I hope that Google can put more weight on overall personally in their candidate selection process.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI hope that Google can put more weight on overall personally in their candidate selection process.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Awesome but huge company

    BOLD Intern (Current Employee) Ann Arbor, MI (US)

    ProsObvious pros, free food, massages, large network, TGIF

    ConsLarge company so easy to get lost, or, as an entry level employee, work on something that someone else is already working on.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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