Google Intern Reviews

Updated 21 October 2014
Updated 21 October 2014
2,597 Reviews
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 127 reviews)

  • Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor (in 249 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 114 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place for an internship

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    • 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

    Really, really smart people. Great pay. Great perks. Great culture. You can really tell that almost everyone there thinks they are doing what is best for the world. They aren't just there to make a quick buck.

    Cons

    It seems like there are a lot of people who are over-qualified for what they're doing. This isn't really an issue for an intern but it could be down the road. As an intern, it can be stressful trying to get your project done in such a short amount of time. No one puts pressure on you but if you want to get a full time offer, you probably want to try to impress them. Also, since they're obsessed with (un-biased) data, they insist on having interns do more interviews at the end of their internship if they want to convert to full time. If you happen to have a bad day or get an interviewer you really don't click with, you're basically screwed, no matter how good your reviews from your manager and co-workers are. After this, they are VERY strict about you not re-applying for a least a year, by which point anyone would have already found another job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Awesome

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

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

    Pros

    They value your ideas. The employees were happy to work there. Awesome food, awesome people, awesome projects. Flexible working hours, and everyone were dedicated to their job!

    Cons

    Of course the expectations are high. It might be hard to work with people in different countries states when you work on the same project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great for people interested in technology

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Seoul (South Korea)
    Former Employee - Intern in Seoul (South Korea)

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

    Pros

    great food, people are friendly, you can work from home, you get to handle latest in technology.

    Cons

    there's no privacy, constant noise and interruption,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Office culture is great; food/perks are good too.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Love it

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

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

    Pros

    Culture, compensation and company. In addition very good conditions

    Cons

    Working hours and the fact that senior management does not regards interns as added-value tool

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should consider the progression of interns

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Awesome experience!

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing place to work! It has great benefits even for interns, and it's easy to make big impacts.

    Cons

    There aren't that many downsides. Google is just kind of big, but they are really good for a big company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Excellent and fun intern program!

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

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

    Pros

    Work on interesting and challenging intern projects, meet with lots of smart guys

    Cons

    May not have the chance to have a impact on the product release, depends on the projects and teams

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company to intern at!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - BOLD Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - BOLD Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - Fun corporate culture
    - Competitive pay
    - Amazing people
    - Challenging work
    - Good work-life balance
    - Plenty of opportunity to travel
    - Free food!

    Cons

    - Very demanding
    - High expectations
    - Stressful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good Balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    They really care about the welfare of the employees

    Cons

    It can become an isolated bubble sometimes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work, smart peoples, lots of fun

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

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

    Pros

    - Good payment for intern
    - Smart colleagues
    - Focused engineering
    - Clear vision
    - Free food (and good!)
    - Free shuttle bus

    Cons

    - Constant streams of work (or if you enjoy it!)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Intern (2012 and 2013)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SWE Intern in San Bruno, CA (US)
    Former Employee - SWE Intern in San Bruno, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Smart people. The food is great. You get to work on projects of immense scale. The pay is great. There is a lot of glamour that comes with the job. People are impressed when they hear that you work for Google.

    Cons

    Google is in a state of denial regarding its bureaucracy. It is a huge company and it should accept that fact to fix inefficiencies. A couple of VPs are obviously more interested in politics than in the greater good. The playful, smart company with "don't be evil" as a motto is a vision that has cleary disappeared. Google is no different than any other big company and they are starting to realize it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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