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Google Intern Reviews

Updated 17 December 2014
Updated 17 December 2014
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst experience ever

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    Former Employee - SWE Intern in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - SWE Intern in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Good pay, nice perks (free food, gym classes etc).

    Cons

    unclear and unrealistic expectations, incompetent manager, very bureaucratic, arrogant employers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please choose your employers more carefully

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    MBA Intern

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

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

    Pros

    The food is good. The events can be fun. MBA Interns get a few special events to participate in.

    Cons

    Google Enterprise was not a good place to intern with. The company isn't exactly sure whether it wants to invest in enterprise because the sales capacity to close a deal is not ideal compared to advertising. The summer was pretty lonely because the Partner Programs team is all seated in London or Europe. My manager didn't seem to really know what he wanted out of the project I was working on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Better alignment between project and company goals
    - Don't put an intern on an island
    - Your pitch at MBA schools isn't the greatest - refine so it doesn't sound too arrogant

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good stamp, but hardly fun

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

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    great compensation, travel, amenities
    great food
    information / knowledge sharing
    lot of interesting opportunities, however one needs to be lucky to get them...

    Cons

    no fun and culture as compared to google in other countries
    no appreciation and encouragement
    less transperency than expected from google

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    internships are meant for learning, making mistakes and mentorship, and one really needs to be appreciated for ghardwork, and guided when gone wrong

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Stupid internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SMB Services Intern in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - SMB Services Intern in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

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

    Pros

    Working at Google opens jobs for better jobs in the IT industry. Linkedin, Facebook, Baidu, they all pay more.

    Cons

    I was interviewed to work with SMB Services which means you will talk 4 hours daily with angry customers on the phone. It´s a call center. That´s not why I graduated from Brazil´s best university for. Stupid job and extremely stressfull. Bad management, mine was only worried about her organic dietary restrictions and keeping her hair blond instead of providing support for her employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You cannot rely on the name Google forever and keep doing bsusiness led by stupid recently graduated from University employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Former Employee - Intern in Taipei (Taiwan)

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Good benifits , smart people and challenging work

    Cons

    Tasks could be very stressful sometimes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Software Engineering Intern

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    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
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    The project wasn't as exciting as it was advertised

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    • 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
  10.  

    Didn't quite live up to what I imagined

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    • 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
  11.  

    Great internship

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    • 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

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