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Updated 15 August 2014
Updated 15 August 2014
2,444 Reviews

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Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 105 reviews)

  • Free food, amazing people, amazing vision - almost everything about this company is a pro (in 220 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 100 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 71 reviews)

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    Software Engineering Intern

    Current Employee - Intern  in  Hyderābād
    Current Employee - Intern in Hyderābād

    Pros

    Awesome place to work for. Awesome people and great culture. Food was a way lot better than college mess food.

    Cons

    After the internship you take a bit of time to settle for the college mess food. To be serious, none con that I noticed.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Experience of a lifetime

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    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern  in  Bangalore
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Bangalore

    Pros

    Has the best employee environment and gives the best facilities to them. A family like atmosphere inside company without bounds makes you enjoy your work.

    Cons

    It actually has none as far as I could find. You name anything and Google had already thought of it and worked upon it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work and to grow

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Hyderābād
    Former Employee - Intern in Hyderābād

    Pros

    Great place to work and to grow

    Cons

    you'd better be a self-motivated person

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing experience

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Gurgaon, Haryana
    Former Employee - Intern in Gurgaon, Haryana

    Pros

    An opportunity that broadened my horizons and helped gain insight into the best practices with a leading company. The focus on good quality work and ethics surpassed everything else. Managers and seniors at every level were approachable and gave constant feedback to achieve significant improvements in a very short span of time.

    Cons

    Was spoilt with the perks from the job and the experience increased my overall expectations from any future employer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please create more opportunities to have Interns on board so that the awareness and enthusiam is created amongst high performing students to consider prospects with Google.

    Recommends
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    Great resources to train new engineers, lots of fun and collaboration

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern  in  Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Cambridge, MA (US)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, good pay, fascinating projects, learn tons, think about new problems, really interesting co-workers

    Cons

    very ambitious company makes work environment stressful at times. It is easy to feel like you don't measure up to your coworkers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work!

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)

    Pros

    The environment and culture are wonderful. There's free food and events. The company does interesting work. You fee like your work is relevant when you work here because of the nature of the company's work. The people are nice, smart, and down to earth.

    Cons

    People are assigned a lot of work so you must be sure to do a good job balancing your workload. It's hard to get work done when you have so many awesome distractions like neat events to attend.

  8.  

    Perfect experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quantitative Analyst Intern  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Quantitative Analyst Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)

    Pros

    1. There are rich resources for internal training.
    2. Flexible time and nice work/life balance.
    3. Generous payment and relocation stipend.
    4. Gorgeous people to work and interact at work.
    5. Google holds internal weekly meetings to share the most recent progress in various teams.

    Cons

    As the company is too big, it takes more time to learn about the different opportunities on a higher level. Typical projects have narrow focuses and it is hard to learn what everybody else is doing in the team.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    BOLD Intern

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    Current Employee - BOLD Intern  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
    Current Employee - BOLD Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)

    Pros

    Great benefits, incredible culture, hard-working peers, and great opportunities to grow professionally. The environment promotes teamwork and support rather than competition and sabotage which is great.

    Cons

    Google is not immune to office politics. Many people are invested in their own responsibilities and projects that it becomes difficult to ensure that you are receiving the necessary and training for your own job. Also, mobility is more common horizontally rather than vertically.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A stimulating summer experience

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)

    Pros

    Everyone's very bright and hardworking, but everyone knows this already. More important, the Google culture is one of openness. Many docs are publicly visible, so you can learn about other projects in the company, and people enjoy talking about what they're working on.

    Cons

    This varies significantly by location, but some workspaces are very tightly crammed, with people sitting side-by-side in long tables. This is a distracting and unpleasant work environment. It's like being in an industrial chicken coop. Engineers need quiet!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Had the best time of my life.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Did an internship as a Software Engineer at the London office and also had the opportunity to visit Mountain View.
    * My team was great, all super talented people from different areas (most of them Ivy-leaguers) - theoretical Physisists, CS folks, hardware specialists and even guys with background in social sciences - all of them software engineers, too.
    * The project was super interesting and meaningful and unlike other companies, Google has very good tutorials/material to get you up to speed in whatever you do.
    * The atmosphere is great. Awesome food and the little micro-kitchens make you feel very comfortable. But it's not only the food, most engineers are very outgoing and fun and the ones who aren't are good at heart.
    * Reputation. Google not only does great software but does what many other large companies fail to do: they conduct research in areas beyond their core business, in areas that are completely new, only to prove everyone wrong and show what can be done. Examples (just to name a few): - Google Fiber - Google Glass - Project Loon - Google driverless car. Personally, I find this super exciting.
    * Benefits. There's so many, even for interns! Don't know where to start. You can spend 20% of your time on a project of your choice. I did a 20% project with another intern, that was really fun.
    * Cool activities. The recruiters did a truly awesome job at organizing weekly fun activities (e.g. we watched "the Internship" before its original release in the cinema, flew to the Zurich office for the "intern summit", just to name a few ). And this in addition to all the other fun stuff happening every day.

    Cons

    * many people think high of themselves; but I guess this is normal in companies that hire the best, luckliy there's most people aren't like this

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep hiring awesome tech people. Maybe raise standards for technical questions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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