Google intern Reviews

Updated 23 September 2014
Updated 23 September 2014
2,476 Reviews
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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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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer - Intern  in  Sydney
    Former Employee - Software Engineer - Intern in Sydney

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Google has a very open culture with fun people. Managers are understanding and supportive. The work is interesting.

    Cons

    No real cons that I can point out. Large projects mean you can feel like an insignificant cog in the machine.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern  in  Sydney
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Sydney

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    A lot of resources and great people to learn from.

    Cons

    Becoming a "Big Corporation".
    Slow production speed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doing great job.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Google SDev Intern

    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern

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

    Pros

    Google on the inside is pretty much exactly what it looks like from the outside, no surprises, fun internship, lots of opportunity to continue with them once your internship is up.

    Cons

    I enjoyed my summer there, although I would recommend if you have a choice work at one of the larger offices, I worked at a smaller office and didn't feel like I got the whole Google experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As an intern I didn't really deal with management.

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  5.  

    good experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    great people. they are nice.

    Cons

    the interview is a little long

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Best place to intern!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Practicum Intern  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Engineering Practicum Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Generous housing stipend. Salary is not super high but there are free food and free shuttle to make it up. Very supportive & friendly managers, host, mentors and co-workers. Lots of training classes for personal development. Lots of resources. Almost everything/everyone is accessible.

    Cons

    No personal rooms even for managers. Open workspace is quite distracting. The first few weeks are very intimidating and over-whelming.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good experience for summer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Summer Engineering Intern  in  Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Summer Engineering Intern in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

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

    Pros

    I really appreciate the nice food of Google's cafe. I also love the harmonious environment in Google, such as various activities like sports meeting, Take your child at work, etc. I meet so many friendly colleagues. Besides, I enjoy Google's flexible hours.

    Cons

    Salaries for summer interns in China are not high, especially for undergraduate students, compared to interns in U.S.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hope there will be more cool teams in China.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company to work for, some flaws

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern  in  Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Santa Monica, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Interesting problems to solve. Nice amenities and work environment.

    Cons

    Depending on the project you work on, your work, while challenging, can feel very meaningless in the grand scheme of things. The company is a bit scatter brained, which can lead to great things, but also neglected projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great people, work, and environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    The company is extremely transparent internally, supports lifelong learning (if there is something you want to learn it is likely there is a class available on the topic), and you work with some of the smartest people around. The work environment is great, as is the food, fitness centers, and other added benefits.

    Cons

    If you end up on a project you aren't all that interested in or a team you don't quite mesh with, you may not enjoy your work as much as you could if you were placed on another team/project, though it seems fairly painless to switch teams if you aren't enjoying what you do anymore.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Learn, work and have fun

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Besides great work environment, learning opportunity is another great benefit for fresh graduates, including Google technologies, Google culture & values, and learning from other great people. Work-life balance is pretty good. People will not expect you to work late or during weekends, as people care about your work quality not your work time.

    Cons

    As a big company, Google also has to have many management process during code development, so sometimes your working pace will not be as fast as you expected.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great work environment, incredibly smart co-workers, very collaborative.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    It's Google. But seriously, tons of cool stuff going on, and the ability to impact lives at scale. The work is challenging.

    Cons

    It's easy to get caught up in the multitude of emails, especially when working on teams that cross timezones. Work-life balance is something that you have to specifically think about.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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