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Updated Jul 27, 2014
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4.5 130 reviews

98% Approve of the CEO

Google Co-Founder & CEO Larry Page

Larry Page

(84 ratings)

98% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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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    Great company to intern at!

    BOLD Intern (Current Employee) Toronto, ON

    Pros- Fun corporate culture
    - Competitive pay
    - Amazing people
    - Challenging work
    - Good work-life balance
    - Plenty of opportunity to travel
    - Free food!

    Cons- Very demanding
    - High expectations
    - Stressful

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work!

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A great place to work!

    BOLD Intern (Former Employee) Toronto, ON

    Pros- Great Culture
    - Good Pay
    - Amazing People
    - Many Learning Experiences
    - Real Responsibility
    - Free Food

    Cons- A lot to learn in 12 weeks

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

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

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

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

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

    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!

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

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsPeople 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.

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    Perfect experience

    Quantitative Analyst Intern (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA (US)

    Pros1. 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.

    ConsAs 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    BOLD Intern

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

    ProsGreat 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.

    ConsGoogle 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.

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

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    A stimulating summer experience

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

    ProsEveryone'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.

    ConsThis 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!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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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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    Great place for an internship

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

    ProsReally, 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.

    ConsIt 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.

    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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