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It's OK as a contractor.

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Former Employee - Business Specialist in Portland, OR
Former Employee - Business Specialist in Portland, OR

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

Pros

Smart people, enthusiasm, lots of free Google stuff (bags, jackets, shirts, etc.). Cool technology - new phones, tablets and computers to use and test on the job. It's exciting to work on things that you know people use and love.

Cons

You kind of have to drink the kool-aid. So enthusiasm over new acquisitions can be over the top. You've got use and LOVE (or pretend to) new projects like Wave, Google+, Google Local, etc. As a contractor, you're definitely on the bottom of the heap.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Be more transparent about the length and scope of our projects. My position was supposed to be 3 months, but lasted about 8 (not complaining about that necessarily) but slowly morphed into sales. When it ended, it was sudden. No warning - just 10 people called into a meeting (our whole team) and told this was the last day so turn in our equipment.

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    MBA Intern

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    Former Employee - MBA Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - MBA Intern in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    The food is good. The events can be fun. MBA Interns get a few special events to participate in.

    Cons

    Google Enterprise was not a good place to intern with. The company isn't exactly sure whether it wants to invest in enterprise because the sales capacity to close a deal is not ideal compared to advertising. The summer was pretty lonely because the Partner Programs team is all seated in London or Europe. My manager didn't seem to really know what he wanted out of the project I was working on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Better alignment between project and company goals
    - Don't put an intern on an island
    - Your pitch at MBA schools isn't the greatest - refine so it doesn't sound too arrogant

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I love google so much it is the best

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    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Google full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work environment is so amazing

    Cons

    Pay is pretty low right niow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good job with everyone and outside

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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