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Updated 15 April, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Awesome environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly and helpful people around you.
    More than 20 cafes are available.
    Convenient transportation (Free shuttle and GBike)
    High salary of course

    Cons

    Campus is too big.
    Some projects are trivial.
    I cannot think of any more since Intern program is sooo fancy.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Great internship program @ Google Switzerland

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Google Switzerland offers a spectacular program for interns--it has great people and a stellar atmosphere/culture, with all those promised perks that just make it better. It has great food, intern events, building themes and game rooms and music rooms, etc. Interns don't feel excluded from the normal Google operations, which makes the intern feel pretty much on par with some of the full-timers. At Zürich, you still get a start-uppy smaller company feel, except you always know that it's still linked to the HQ in Mountain View, so it doesn't feel like you're out of the loop, either. There are major teams with very Interesting projects in this office as well. Lastly, Zürich is probably the best office for any intern available, due to the high ratio of interns to full timers, and the super great diversity that the office brings in, being in the center of Europe. There are people of 70+ nationalities in this office, and it's an eye-opener and definitely not short of amazing.

    Cons

    It takes time to catch up to speed as a short-term intern. Sometimes you feel a little shy to speak up, especially if it's your first internship like it was for me. The company itself sometimes seems a little too lax in culture, promoting some lazy days. The "Google Fifteen" is also very possible, since there is free food for three meals on weekdays, though this is obviously a perk too. Also, you get the feeling that there is not too much advancement available for those who want to make it big, so for a full-time ladder-climbing job, Google is probably not the company!

  3. Helpful (4)

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Software Developer Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Intern - Software Developer Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome experience, learn so much, surrounded by the smartest people. They provide so much food and amenities, did I mention food? Everyone is treated very well and every day is a lot of fun. Do cool things that matter is a great slogan for any company, but especially for Google because they do so many cool things that matter such as self driving cars and Google Now.

    Cons

    It's become a really big company. It has lost its "startup" vibe if that is something you really care about. there is always a lot of work to be done and it can be overwhelming

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Awesome!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Intern in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Intern - Intern in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people. Good engineering practices. Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor. Lots of opportunities for travel. Interesting projects. Compensation and benefits very generous. Lots of cool perks, fun offsites etc.

    Cons

    Capricious high-level management direction, some projects don't make sense. Working across many time zones in distributed offices is challenging at times.

  6. Helpful (3)

    Surrounded by the best and brightest. Always pushed and challenged. Always learning.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - People Operations Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Current Intern - People Operations Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation is great. Intern projects are well-scoped, impactful, and challenging. Flexibility is fantastic and there's a huge focus on enjoying your time/getting to know the Google culture

    Cons

    Hard to call this a "con" since it was a huge learning opportunity, but google is very ambiguous. There is little direction (tons of support when you ask though) and it's difficult at time to know what your next steps are.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Great Learning Experience!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - APM Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Intern - APM Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I had a wonderful time at Google as an APM intern. The experience definitely shaped how I look at myself, and how I want to approach the rest of my career.

    Cons

    It's HUGE! It's sometimes hard to get things done because of how many different people you need to talk to, and how many different knobs and levers you have to get turned.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Amazing Internship!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Engineering Practicum Intern in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Former Intern - Engineering Practicum Intern in Cambridge, MA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great perks
    - Excellent food
    - Working on projects that touch millions of people
    - Working for Google the past summer has helped me alot this time around to get other internships.

    Cons

    I would often stay late and get caught up in my work. It was a personal choice though.

  9. I worked in Africa and what they paid us here was peanut!

    Former Intern - Intern in Johannesburg (South Africa)
    Former Intern - Intern in Johannesburg (South Africa)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    TGIF, or the Friday happy hours were awesome and there was good food. The work culture too was very relaxed.

    Cons

    I particularly was not happy with the low salary given in Africa when our peers elsewhere were earning four figures. We were paid $500 a month!

    Advice to Management

    Look into Africa compensation!

  10. BA

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - BOLD Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Current Intern - BOLD Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay, location, people, perks, and culture

    Cons

    Not any cons, great place to work at

    Advice to Management

    Keep it going and continue hiring high caliber people

  11. Engineering Practicum Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Engineering Practicum Intern in New York, NY (US)
    Former Intern - Engineering Practicum Intern in New York, NY (US)

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Cool projects, great support for your hosts and mentors, fun work environment. Best internship to date!

    Cons

    Could be hard to get to know fellow interns who you are not working with. Finding housing before the start can be stressful

    Advice to Management

    More support leading up to the internship

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