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It's OK as a contractor.

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

I worked at Google as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

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 Management

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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  1. 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work environment is so amazing

    Cons

    Pay is pretty low right niow

    Advice to Management

    Good job with everyone and outside


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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Outstanding technical environment. Lots of talented and super smart contributors. The perks are really nice: food, guest talks. 20% time for engineers to invent what they really care about. The company is trying real hard to do good for society and promote a progressive agenda.

    Cons

    The culture rewards the top performers. It favors young professionals who just graduated and have tons of time to dedicate to work. It is much more difficult for experienced contributors who have constraints outside the office: family, hobbies, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to recognize the contributions of those who work smarter, not just harder. And find a way to let those who cannot work 80 hrs/wk still feel like they can have a meaningful and recognized contribution.


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