Google Reviews

Updated 15 April, 2015
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  1. Helpful (4)

    Worst experience ever

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, nice perks (free food, gym classes etc).

    Cons

    unclear and unrealistic expectations, incompetent manager, very bureaucratic, arrogant employers

    Advice to Management

    Please choose your employers more carefully

  2. Amazing intern experience

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

    Besides the delicious food, and awesome perks, one of the greatest part of interning at Google is that you really feel like you are a Googler. Google treats interns as full timers, both in terms of responsibilities and privileges. Interns can attend all company events and can become involved with nearly anything that a full time employee could.

    Cons

    I wouldn't say there are any real cons, although you will be expected to be able to balance your work with everything else. This can be tricky with all the intern events and things going on all the time.

  3. Great place to enjoy work and life

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

    A ton of very interesting engineering challenges to work on. Great perks and work-life balance. Amazing campus and food. All the engineers I interacted with were smart, nice, and very helpful.

    Cons

    I didn't get to know too many of the other interns or members of my team who weren't working on the same project as me. I think it's a product of the size of Google as well as its engineering demographic, which tends to be slightly older than some other, newer tech companies.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good experience for an engineer

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

    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

    As a software engineer in his early career years, Google was a good playground for learning many things. Google has the infrastructure and the people with expertise in virtually everything, and you can absorb a lot simply by using a lot of internal tools and practicing internal policies on code quality. Therefore having worked at Google is good both on paper and in practice.

    Cons

    At Google's scale, it is easy to be a cog in a very complicated machine that marches on. Personal growth is often a function of the team and management more than it should be. One may not necessarily find himself in the most ideal team in terms of skill fit and interest.

    Advice to Management

    Both pros and cons come from Google's success thus far and its scale. Not sure what one can do to amplify or mitigate them.

  6. Google SDev Intern

    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern

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

    Pros

    Google on the inside is pretty much exactly what it looks like from the outside, no surprises, fun internship, lots of opportunity to continue with them once your internship is up.

    Cons

    I enjoyed my summer there, although I would recommend if you have a choice work at one of the larger offices, I worked at a smaller office and didn't feel like I got the whole Google experience.

    Advice to Management

    As an intern I didn't really deal with management.

  7. Very comfortable environment and smart people to work with.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

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

    Pros

    Great environment, great infrastructure, good pay, good hours, good benefits, really take care of their employees. I had a really good experience working there since my work was very prevalent and easy to show to people. Millions of users used my project so even as an intern I really felt as if I was making an impact.

    Cons

    Hard to grow to a higher position, everyone is extremely qualified

  8. Best place to intern!

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

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Generous housing stipend. Salary is not super high but there are free food and free shuttle to make it up. Very supportive & friendly managers, host, mentors and co-workers. Lots of training classes for personal development. Lots of resources. Almost everything/everyone is accessible.

    Cons

    No personal rooms even for managers. Open workspace is quite distracting. The first few weeks are very intimidating and over-whelming.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Software Engineering Intern

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

    Food, buses, free bikes, internal tooling. The only good things about Google in my experience were the perks really.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, I was placed on a very boring internal project which I don't think should've been necessary in the first place. Since Google is such a truly massive company, there is a very real risk that you will spend all of your time and energy on what is essentially grunt-work to keep the massive ads machine rolling along.

  10. Good experience for summer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Summer Engineering Intern in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Intern - Summer Engineering Intern in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    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

    I really appreciate the nice food of Google's cafe. I also love the harmonious environment in Google, such as various activities like sports meeting, Take your child at work, etc. I meet so many friendly colleagues. Besides, I enjoy Google's flexible hours.

    Cons

    Salaries for summer interns in China are not high, especially for undergraduate students, compared to interns in U.S.

    Advice to Management

    Hope there will be more cool teams in China.

  11. Great people, work, and environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

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

    Pros

    The company is extremely transparent internally, supports lifelong learning (if there is something you want to learn it is likely there is a class available on the topic), and you work with some of the smartest people around. The work environment is great, as is the food, fitness centers, and other added benefits.

    Cons

    If you end up on a project you aren't all that interested in or a team you don't quite mesh with, you may not enjoy your work as much as you could if you were placed on another team/project, though it seems fairly painless to switch teams if you aren't enjoying what you do anymore.

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