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Rating

3.8/5
  • The Role
    3.8
  • The Company
    3.8
  • The Culture
    3.9

Role Description

Get a project and start coding on day two. Take part in team meetings and have fun.

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • The working environment is just amazing, full of creative and extremely smart people. I've learned a lot and gain valuable experience.

    5/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • I've been recognized as a full-time member of the team. My project was part of the work being done by the team in general and I did not feel like an intern at all.

    4/5

  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • Because I was treated like any other Googler, I was not given much guidance. I was expected to know what I'm doing and do it well.

    3/5

  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • The work was demanding but doable in the time I had. There were a few cases when I had to stay over hours but I think that was part of the experience. I was never the only one staying behind.

    4/5

  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • My project was an integral part of the team's project and was launched as part of the overall product. The project was not crucial, but was important and other team-members payed attention to is as it was developed.

    4/5

  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • This was very valuable career experience. I have learned much more than at University and met great, very inspiring people. I have learned a lot in terms of technical skills but also team-work and the process of development of big and scalable products reaching out to millions of people.

    4/5

    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • The atmosphere was very relaxed and friendly. There was no official dress-code and people had plenty of toys around. Nerf gun battles happened on a weekly basis

    4/5

  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • I did not feel like being on an internship. I was treated like a full-time Googler and I had to stand up to the expectations.

    2/5

  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • I had access to all the benefits a full-time googler has, including technical talks and workshops, training and social events.

    4/5

  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Flexi Time

    Subsidised Canteen

    International Travel

    Company Parties/Events

    5/5

  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • I have been offered another internship next year and I was told by my supervisor he would be happy to have me full-time on the team in the future.

    4/5

    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • There were a lot of other interns around who organised cinema outings, clubbing, theatre and other. All were very smart and out-going.

    4/5

  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • I was placed in the centre of a capital city in Europe. The cost of living and socialising was fairly high but the salary was enough to cover it.

    4/5

  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • I was placed in the centre of a capital city in Europe. The cost of nightlife was fairly high but the salary was enough to cover it.

    4/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • Google has a lot of societies in which you can get involved, including plenty of sport societies, organizing regular meetings and trips.

    4/5

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Placement (5-9 Months)

10th September 2011


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