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Updated Jul 17, 2014
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4.5 129 reviews

98% Approve of the CEO

Google Co-Founder & CEO Larry Page

Larry Page

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97% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development(in 103 reviews)

  • Free food, amazing people, amazing vision - almost everything about this company is a pro(in 218 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging(in 98 reviews)

  • Google is no different than any other big company and they are starting to realize it(in 70 reviews)

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    Had the best time of my life.

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

    ProsDid 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 Senior ManagementKeep hiring awesome tech people. Maybe raise standards for technical questions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Awesome

    Software Engineer Intern (Former Employee) Kirkland, WA (US)

    ProsThey 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!

    ConsOf 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 Senior ManagementKeep up the good work!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great for people interested in technology

    Intern (Former Employee) Seoul (South Korea)

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

    Consthere's no privacy, constant noise and interruption,

    Advice to Senior ManagementOffice culture is great; food/perks are good too.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Love it

    Business Associate Intern (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsCulture, compensation and company. In addition very good conditions

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementShould consider the progression of interns

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    Good Balance

    Software Engineering Intern (Current Employee) New York, NY (US)

    ProsThey really care about the welfare of the employees

    ConsIt can become an isolated bubble sometimes

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work, smart peoples, lots of fun

    Summer Intern (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA (US)

    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!)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Awesome experience!

    Software Engineer Intern (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA (US)

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Excellent and fun intern program!

    Software Engineer Intern (Former Employee) Kirkland, WA (US)

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

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

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

    ConsIntern 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Intern (2012 and 2013)

    SWE Intern (Former Employee) San Bruno, CA (US)

    ProsSmart 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.

    ConsGoogle 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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