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Updated 22 February 2015
Updated 22 February 2015
173 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.  

    Amazing benefits and relaxed work experience with lots of opportunities for growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - User Experience Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Intern - User Experience Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great, the attitude is really relaxed. People are very willing to chat with you about anything and they really want to share their knowledge with people The lifestyle is amazing, with opportunities for improvement in all areas that you could imagine including health

    Cons

    There is the tendency to stay on campus really late so work life balance isn't great. I'd also say the feedback system was lacking and my specific manager was not always helpful when I was trying to get advice on how to improve.

    Recommends
  2.  

    A great place to work at

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais (Brazil)
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais (Brazil)

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

    Pros

    - Highly qualified coworkers
    - Motivating projects
    - Amazing infrastructure and tools

    Cons

    - Salaries in Brazil are lower compared to other places
    - Sometimes you feel underqualified
    - Slow hiring process

    Recommends
  3.  

    An Intern's perspective

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - BOLD Intern
    Former Employee - BOLD Intern

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Great office culture, perks, company values, global footprint

    Cons

    promotions, compensation, smaller offices in remote areas, difficult to ignore the free snacks, too much free food

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good environment.

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

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

    Pros

    Friendly. Good environment. Open mind.

    Cons

    Very Busy, organize, life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    The whole hierarchy is very flat which is really great as you can talk to anybody with whom you have a topic to talk about. There are many very interesting people in the office.

    Cons

    There is a lot of internal technology within the company. This is great to do work inside but means than many skills are not transferable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Business Associate Program Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Business Associate Intern in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Intern - Business Associate Intern in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

    Pros

    Great program which allows you to experience the work of fulltime employees. Half of your time you will work on a client portfolio and the other half is Project Management.

    Cons

    I couldn't find any cons. I really enjoyed it and would do it again. The fact that you do slightly the same job as fulltime employees fosters integration in the teams

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Work/life balance, interesting projects, fun people, stress-free environment.

    Cons

    None that I can think of, anymore ...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Paradise for programmers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Intern in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I worked at Google full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Open, friendly, free, warm atmosphere
    Smart , helpful colleagues
    delicious food

    Cons

    maybe too many distractions,but it depends

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Makes you feel good about working

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Cambridge, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    I found the company has a very open, positive culture. Everything is better with primary colors. The longer I spent there, the more assured I felt that Google was a force for good. It's really easy to drink the Kool-Aid.

    Cons

    The work you're assigned to might not be as interesting as you hoped, given that, it is, after all, Google.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Large company, above average pay.

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Great working environment
    Above average pay

    Cons

    Tasks can be challenging
    Hard to standout

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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