Google Intern Reviews

Updated 10 October 2014
Updated 10 October 2014
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 126 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 113 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 84 reviews)

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  1. 2 people 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)

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

    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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place for an 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

    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
  3.  

    Awesome

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    • 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
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    Great for people interested in technology

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    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
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  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Excellent and fun intern program!

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    • 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
  7.  

    Love it

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    • 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
  8.  

    Good Balance

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    • 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
  9.  

    Great place to work, smart peoples, lots of fun

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    • 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
  10.  

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

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    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company in every way.

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    • 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

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