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Google Intern Reviews

Updated 6 November 2014
Updated 6 November 2014
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 128 reviews)

  • Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor (in 252 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 115 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 85 reviews)

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  1.  

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

    Former Employee - Intern in Johannesburg (South Africa)
    Former Employee - Intern in Johannesburg (South Africa)

    I worked at Google as an intern (less than an 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 ManagementAdvice

    Look into Africa compensation!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Software Engineering Intern

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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 as an intern (less than an 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    The project wasn't as exciting as it was advertised

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    • 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 as an intern (less than an 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Didn't quite live up to what I imagined

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Associate Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Associate Intern in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Google as an intern (less than an 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 ManagementAdvice

    Push the interns harder.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great internship

    • 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 (less than an 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    BOLD intern (non development role)

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - BOLD Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - BOLD Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Perks, benefits, brand name on the resume

    Cons

    lack of training, lots of responsibility for interns

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent, but Stressful.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Cambridge, MA (US)

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Great infrastructure, great technology, great food (bad for keeping fit though).

    Cons

    Slow process from idea to launch, too many hoops to run through.
    Infrastructure not easily transferable outside of Google.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More efficient ways to go from ideas to launch.

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Google

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Intern in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    -Free food

    -Very young management and college-like atmosphere

    -Google's market dominance and absence of significant competitors

    -Potential for high salaries at the higher management levels

    -Very smart people

    Cons

    -Low compensation for the lower positions

    -Limited promotion opportunities

    -Most people here are over qualified for the type of work they do, resulting in lack of challenge.

    -Becoming increasingly bureaucratic as it grows, which means more budget approvals and red tape.

    -Hard to diffirentiate yourself amongst all the smart people, making it harder to advance.

    -The lower pay in Google is supposed to be balanced out by all the 'perks' provided to you in the office, however unless you think that someone else knows better your consumption habits, you would probably want to have the cash instead!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open to new ideas and encourage cross-team collaboration.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Depends on where you end up.

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    • Senior Management
    • 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 perks, food and transportation being the main ones, but there are lots of things that make it a geek's paradise if you're into that sort of thing - games everywhere, free tickets and shuttles for some movies when they open (Transformers was one), etc. Let's face it, it looks good on your resume. The chance to meet some very bright and interesting people. There are so many opportunities to educate yourself about the world through your employer - everything from tech talks on a variety of technical topics to visits by politicians and public figures. It's cool to be on the inside and learn about new products everyone else will be talking about soon.

    Cons

    My experience was that of an intern so it may not be typical, but I ended up doing work I had absolutely no interest in and didn't envision getting my degree for without much opportunity to do something different. When interns are recruited they don't have much of a say on what type of work they'd like to do, so if you're stuck with something you don't like and want to work on more interesting things, that's what evenings and weekends are for.

    If you have a PhD you can do some fascinating things at Google, but if you just have an undergrad degree you might be better off at a smaller company where you will get more opportunities to do different kinds of work that span several job positions at Google.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Products like Lively are released while some others with much more potential have been languishing in development for years. Seriously, what are you thinking?

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not quite paradise, but not bad either.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 perks and the people. Everyone knows Google so when you say you work there you don't have to explain what it means. The idea that when I checked in code to production, billions of people would be hitting it the next day - very heady.

    Cons

    I got pretty chubby, but that's my own fault. The brutal interview process means people who work there all think they're hot stuff even if they aren't. Downright obnoxious people work there, there are no standards for managers. Everyone is working on 5 projects so nobody pays attention to everything they need to. Ultra-competitive, passive-aggressive culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of China until you can do it right. You shouldn't have grown so fast in '05 and '06, your culture went down the drain.

    No opinion of CEO

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