Google Intern Reviews

Updated 21 October 2014
Updated 21 October 2014
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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.  

    I was a software engineering intern that had a great time but didn't necessarily learn that much

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    • 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

    Culture, work environment, pay, benefits -- everything was generally pretty great. As far as work places go, there's not much to complain about.

    Cons

    Intern projects aren't always completely fleshed out, so in the case of what I worked on, it was very scattered and not terribly cohesive. The stuff I worked on, as well as what my team did in general, might've ended up just getting scrapped.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company in every way.

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

    I have been working at Google full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    This company is exceptional because it realizes the true value of human capital. Employees are treated well, encouraged to grow in their profession and experience work on projects outside of their normal expertise.

    Working at Google is also an exceptional resume item, and regarded very highly by other employees (if you ever decide to leave)

    Cons

    I cannot think of any whatsoever. This company is superlative in every way. If I absolutely had to come up with a con, I would say that the worst part of working at Google is the innate guilt I experience when others talk about their jobs and then ask about mine. It is hard to have to explain to others how amazing a workplace Google provides, and to witness the incredulous looks others give.

    (To explain why I am no longer working at Google - I simply left for another opportunity in a different area that Google does have, but I would love to one day return.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to maintain the learning, growing, employee-first culture that makes Google such an amazing professional environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic Internship

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

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

    Pros

    Exciting projects, great people, great food, fun intern social events.

    Cons

    Living in the Google bubble.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on making the hiring and intern host-matching processes more transparent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Amazing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Boston, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Love the autonomy and the benefits

    Cons

    Super hard, but there is lots of room for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Love you guys to death man

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place for intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Open culture, helpful mentor, free food

    Cons

    I cannot think any of cons

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

    Google Summer of Code Intern

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Google Summer of Code Intern in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Google Summer of Code Intern in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Google is a fantastic place to work

    Cons

    There are no cons, all you have is loads of advantages

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Intern review

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    Current Employee - Intern in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Intern in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

    Pros

    The final interview was more friendly and given to provide the applicant a chance to ask questions about the company. Overall, it seemed like work culture was very collegial and friendly.

    Cons

    There were three interviewers, and each interview lasted 45 minutes. Each of the interviews seemed to focus on slightly different areas: the first interview focused on understanding of technology and included a puzzle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The second interview asked many scenario-type questions, such as "What would you do in XYZ situation?" and "How would you respond to XYZ in a work setting".

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Googly experience is very helpful in my overall development

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern (Graduate Student) in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern (Graduate Student) in Mountain View, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    superb environment and facilities;
    great support to employees, such as workstation setup, ergonomic support, and experiment facilities training and support;
    various opportunities for life-long learning;
    good practices learned through the internship has a long-lasting effect on my further development;

    Cons

    All interns are talented but some might be too young to keep to socially acceptable conduct on and off the Google campus.

    This year, some of my fellow interns have made a mess in the company-provided accommodation (which is btw an awesome flat with other friendly residents), and our neighbors are quite upset about the misbehaviors by my fellow interns.

    I hope that Google can put more weight on overall personally in their candidate selection process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I hope that Google can put more weight on overall personally in their candidate selection process.

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

    Awesome but huge company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - BOLD Intern in Ann Arbor, MI (US)
    Current Employee - BOLD Intern in Ann Arbor, MI (US)

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

    Pros

    Obvious pros, free food, massages, large network, TGIF

    Cons

    Large company so easy to get lost, or, as an entry level employee, work on something that someone else is already working on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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