Google Intern Reviews

Updated 21 October, 2014
Updated 21 October, 2014
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 127 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 114 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 85 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    The project wasn't as exciting as it was advertised

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    As an intern I had plenty of time to do whatever I wanted to. Also, since the project was pretty open ended, I didn't have specific deadlines to meet, except for having something to deliver at the end of the internship. My host and I were pretty much the only people who had any idea what was going on there. Other employees, however, seemed pretty tense about meeting expectations. Compensation was very good.

    Cons

    Office culture was annoying. A number of people hoping they would be the next Steve Jobs would deliver motivational speeches while wearing a turtleneck.

    Training was what I could expect it to be. There's a lot of material that had been developed over time, in form of online tutorials, which are pretty useful at any stage. Generally, the place seemed way too large, and spreading over way too many areas for people to get an idea of what the general direction was. Also, it was hard to get attached to a particular project, particularly given that a good number of these end up in the dumpster, so it's hard to see your own contribution growing into something nice.

    I wouldn't recommend to younger people to work in Mountain View. That place is boring, and unless you are willing to drive every day to San Francisco and back, there's nothing interesting going around there. Employees are pretty boring, most of them are overqualified people who ended up coding trivial stuff. Because of this, you always notice how people are trying to engage in some sort of weird competition involving things like solving mathematical puzzles and making a point about how they are the smartest employees any company could ever have.

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  2.  

    Awesome place to work

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    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Taipei (Taiwan)

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

    Pros

    The opportunity to work at Google would make people envy of you. And you get a lot of benefits there: free snacks, great view of Taipei city, flexible work hours. The tools and documents are well-established and you can get to real work smoothly. The pay is also pretty high. The people there are nice and very skillful, and most importantly, they enjoy their work.

    Cons

    Because there are relatively few interns, and each of them is assigned to a different team, it's harder to know others. This could reduce your sense of security. No special activities for interns. And as they expect you to be a very good developer, the guidance they give you was relatively few.

    Recommends
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  3. 6 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)

    I worked at Google as an intern

    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.

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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)

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

    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
  6.  

    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)

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

    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
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  7.  

    Dynamic and difficult

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    Former Employee - Intern in San Antonio, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in San Antonio, TX (US)

    I worked at Google part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    the offices inspire creativity. most importantly the executives are easily available and this allows for great insight on current projects.

    Cons

    one of the big issues was the lack of flexibility. it is very difficult if almost impossible to get a few days off to travel ext..

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  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    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)

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

    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
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  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)

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

    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.  

    good company

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    Former Employee - Intern in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Intern in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

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

    Pros

    innovative technology and great people

    Cons

    a little bit bureaucratic because the company is too large

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 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

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