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Updated 21 February 2015
Updated 21 February 2015
49 Reviews
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 140 reviews)

  • Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor (in 262 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 122 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 93 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good internship experience that helps me learned a lot!

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Tokyo (Japan)

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    1. Good work environment and atmosphere.
    2. Flexible working time.
    3. Nice and smart colleagues.

    Cons

    Not much. Some problems that big companies always have.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More communication between interns and the whole team.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    I interned at Google.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern
    Former Intern - Intern

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

    Pros

    The food! So many perks, too. They'll treat you like a princess, I'm telling you. It's amazing.

    Cons

    Honeslty, as long as you get along with your team, you'll be just fine at Google. The perks are to die for!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A great place to intern

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    For a prospective software engineer who is in college, I do not think there is a much better place to work. Unparalleled internal learning resources, very smart team members, very good pay, great perks.

    Cons

    Huge organization and you are rolling the dice as to whether you'll get an interesting project and a fun team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice for upper management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Great experience

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

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

    Pros

    Great food and perks. Some really talented folks working there.

    Cons

    Had to apply to specific office

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Was a software engineering intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Open culture
    Great environment
    Awesome perks
    Challenging work

    Cons

    Very little hand holding provided
    There should be more structured bootcamp provided

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to enjoy work and life

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

    A ton of very interesting engineering challenges to work on. Great perks and work-life balance. Amazing campus and food. All the engineers I interacted with were smart, nice, and very helpful.

    Cons

    I didn't get to know too many of the other interns or members of my team who weren't working on the same project as me. I think it's a product of the size of Google as well as its engineering demographic, which tends to be slightly older than some other, newer tech companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good experience for an engineer

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

    As a software engineer in his early career years, Google was a good playground for learning many things. Google has the infrastructure and the people with expertise in virtually everything, and you can absorb a lot simply by using a lot of internal tools and practicing internal policies on code quality. Therefore having worked at Google is good both on paper and in practice.

    Cons

    At Google's scale, it is easy to be a cog in a very complicated machine that marches on. Personal growth is often a function of the team and management more than it should be. One may not necessarily find himself in the most ideal team in terms of skill fit and interest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Both pros and cons come from Google's success thus far and its scale. Not sure what one can do to amplify or mitigate them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Very comfortable environment and smart people to work with.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in New York, NY (US)
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Great environment, great infrastructure, good pay, good hours, good benefits, really take care of their employees. I had a really good experience working there since my work was very prevalent and easy to show to people. Millions of users used my project so even as an intern I really felt as if I was making an impact.

    Cons

    Hard to grow to a higher position, everyone is extremely qualified

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    good experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Intern - Intern in Los Angeles, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    great people. they are nice.

    Cons

    the interview is a little long

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great company to work for, some flaws

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

    I worked at Google as an intern (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

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