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Updated 1 March, 2015
Updated 1 March, 2015
174 Reviews
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 140 reviews)

  • Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor (in 262 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 122 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 93 reviews)

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    BOLD Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - BOLD Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Intern - BOLD Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Best experience of my life. I recommend it to everybody I meet. I had the time of my life over the summer I was here. My coworkers were great, my work was interesting, I joined some intramural teams, I ate lots of good food, and more than anything it opened SO MANY doors for me down the road by having Google on my resume.

    Cons

    I came into the BOLD program because I didn't find a placement within the more traditional Software Engineering Intern role (I had accommodations for my interview which pushed back the timeline of when they could be performed... so I passed the technical screen and got through to the the team placement phase but ended up running out of time before I got placed). Anywho, BOLD is not really set up for technical interns, so there were some issues getting access to the coding resources I needed when I arrived and it was a little haphazard on that front. But I think that's probably just unique to my situation given that I was an eng in the BOLD program. The rest of the BOLDers (business/law/finance people) didn't seem to have any troubles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on keeping on. You guys rock! I only wish that I been exposed to the idea of an internship at Google earlier (I did it my senior year). To that end, I would love to see a larger push on campuses to apply, as I didn't hear about anyone from my school (NYU) talking about/applying to the program. In fact, I think there were only 2 of us who did so. I don't know how she knew to do it, but I heard through my disability network (Lime Connect) which isn't of much use to the rest of the normally functioning students.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Amazing benefits and relaxed work experience with lots of opportunities for growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - User Experience Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Intern - User Experience Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great, the attitude is really relaxed. People are very willing to chat with you about anything and they really want to share their knowledge with people The lifestyle is amazing, with opportunities for improvement in all areas that you could imagine including health

    Cons

    There is the tendency to stay on campus really late so work life balance isn't great. I'd also say the feedback system was lacking and my specific manager was not always helpful when I was trying to get advice on how to improve.

    Recommends
  3.  

    A great place to work at

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais (Brazil)
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais (Brazil)

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

    Pros

    - Highly qualified coworkers
    - Motivating projects
    - Amazing infrastructure and tools

    Cons

    - Salaries in Brazil are lower compared to other places
    - Sometimes you feel underqualified
    - Slow hiring process

    Recommends
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  5.  

    An Intern's perspective

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    Former Employee - BOLD Intern
    Former Employee - BOLD Intern

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Great office culture, perks, company values, global footprint

    Cons

    promotions, compensation, smaller offices in remote areas, difficult to ignore the free snacks, too much free food

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good environment.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Hardware Engineer Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Current Intern - Hardware Engineer Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Friendly. Good environment. Open mind.

    Cons

    Very Busy, organize, life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    The whole hierarchy is very flat which is really great as you can talk to anybody with whom you have a topic to talk about. There are many very interesting people in the office.

    Cons

    There is a lot of internal technology within the company. This is great to do work inside but means than many skills are not transferable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Business Associate Program Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Business Associate Intern in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Intern - Business Associate Intern in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

    Pros

    Great program which allows you to experience the work of fulltime employees. Half of your time you will work on a client portfolio and the other half is Project Management.

    Cons

    I couldn't find any cons. I really enjoyed it and would do it again. The fact that you do slightly the same job as fulltime employees fosters integration in the teams

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

    Great Internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in New York, NY (US)
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance, interesting projects, fun people, stress-free environment.

    Cons

    None that I can think of, anymore ...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Paradise for programmers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Intern in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I worked at Google full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Open, friendly, free, warm atmosphere
    Smart , helpful colleagues
    delicious food

    Cons

    maybe too many distractions,but it depends

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Makes you feel good about working

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Cambridge, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    I found the company has a very open, positive culture. Everything is better with primary colors. The longer I spent there, the more assured I felt that Google was a force for good. It's really easy to drink the Kool-Aid.

    Cons

    The work you're assigned to might not be as interesting as you hoped, given that, it is, after all, Google.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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