Parts of Google can be incredibly beneficial and new and exciting. You will meet intelligent, driven people who will truly open your mind and help you to push yourself forward. You will also meet plenty of ruthless, political types interested purely in their own ladder climbing. The culture must maintain the illusion of a utopia, so be prepared for lots of behind the back dealings, disingenuous words, and passive aggression. Use this company as a means towards an end. Get experience and build the resume, but never forget that Google is a giant corporation, just like ANY other in the world. Stay alert and grounded.