Stripe vs. Google internship

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climberbro

New Eng

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climberbromore
Nov 16 24 Comments

Hi Blind! I'm deciding between Google and Stripe for a summer internship and would like to hear your thoughts on the matter. I was a Google intern last summer and had a wonderful experience but have always been really interested and curious about Stripe's product and culture. These offers are for Stripe SF and GCP Seattle.

Things that I value:
- quality of coworkers (good people? good engineers?)
- learning opportunities
- career growth
- WLB (I'm personally alright with 9-6 but no more than that)

If there are any Xoogler Stripes out there or ex-Stripe Googlers, I'd love to hear your thoughts :)

Thanks!

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  • New / Eng DrPepsi
    I think long term you're better off going Google than Stripe for resume differentiation.
    Nov 16 15
    • Stripe SXHn18
      +1 to BILL GATES. That’s like saying Amazon’s product was well-defined with being a book marketplace or Google’s with being a search engine. Now look at AWS and Google’s breakout into hardware.

      New products are being developed at Stripe on a continual basis. Yes, I work at Stripe, but I’m not trying to throw bias in here; only looking to provide another perspective.

      All that said — follow your heart. Both are great companies, and I’m sure you won’t regret either choice. Plus, with an end-date in site on an internship, you can always try the other one out if the internship you choose isn’t what you expected!
      Nov 17
    • New / Eng
      climberbro

      New Eng

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      Google
      climberbromore
      OP
      Thanks for your thoughts @SXHn18 and @BILL GATES. I think I'm going with Stripe. See you next summer!
      Nov 17
    • Stripe BlLL GATES
      \o/
      Nov 17
    • Stripe SXHn18
      See you next summer!!
      Nov 18
    • Stripe hiUV25
      Welcome.

      I just want to add that the notion that someone at Stripe would just be fixing bugs or doing product support couldn’t be farther from the truth. We have a lot of interesting work to do and not nearly enough people to do it.
      Nov 19
  • Uber
    moneyb

    Uber

    PRE
    Google
    moneybmore
    I’d recommend going with Stripe. You’d get to see how life as an eng is outside googleland so when it comes time to thinking about full time, you have more data points. Also, stripe is banking heavily on remote looking out into the future so if you wish to work out of remote locations, you likely can.
    Nov 16 0
  • Google / Eng gilfoyle@
    The 2nd Google internship would mean you might be interview exempt for converting to full time so you might want to consider that as a factor.
    Nov 16 4
    • New / Eng
      climberbro

      New Eng

      PRE
      Google
      climberbromore
      OP
      Nice username! And yeah, that's definitely a consideration for me and part of why the decision is so hard.
      Nov 16
    • Stripe hiUV25
      Why does Google need you to complete two internships before you can skip interviews? Everywhere else that I’ve worked only requires one successful internship to get a full time offer.
      Nov 19
    • Google / Eng gilfoyle@
      G believes in eliminating False Positives so they want additional signals... most teams want interns to return regardless of if they actually deserve to.. All FTE go through 5 interviews whereas there are only 2 for interns so the additional conversion interviews are more data points.. not saying I agree with it.. I don't see what additional data can be gathered in two 45 minute interviews that can't be gathered in 12 weeks of actual work but that's just the way it is 🤷‍♂️
      Nov 19
    • Stripe hiUV25
      That’s a fair reasoning. Most intern managers are completely uncalibrated and have a very heavy bias towards the internship being “successful”.
      Nov 19
  • Twitch yikes...
    If you’ve already interned at Google I would suggest Stripe. Take a chance and try something new. You might like it more and even if you don’t you won’t be stuck thinking what if
    Nov 16 0
  • Uber Akpom
    I would take a semester off and do both. Additionally if you do both I would intern at Google first then Stripe
    Nov 16 0

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