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Great perks; questionable compensation

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Current Contractor - Technical Recruiter in Mountain View, CA
Current Contractor - Technical Recruiter in Mountain View, CA

I have been working at Google as a contractor (Less than a year)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

All of Google's famous job perks for working at headquarters

Cons

They took away our ability to bill for overtime part-way through our contract and greatly diminished our annual salary ranging from $20k-$40k per year.

Advice to Management

If management plans on changing compensation mid-contract at least provide a few weeks notice instead of telling everyone the weekend before so that no one can make preparation to the sudden change in pay. It was extremely upsetting for everyone on the team.

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  1. Helpful (6)

    A powerful, forward-thinking large company.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Focused on long-term investments, focused on changing the world (versus creating silly social toy apps like the rest of the Valley)

    Cons

    Massively large scale means slower development

    Advice to Management

    Think of your team members as human beings, not robots. I see that this happens on other teams. If you aren't a people-person, then don't be a manager. My manager thinks of our team as people, he invests in us, he is dedicated to our career development... This is what makes my manager awesome. If you aren't interested in those things, then why are you a manager or a lead? You would do the company better by being an all-star engineer/designer/salesperson/.../ whatever you were before.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Worked as contract employee through a temp agency.

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    Former Contractor - Browse Specialist
    Former Contractor - Browse Specialist

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

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good environment, great perks, and friendly personalities make for a pleasant work environment. There is also the prestige of working for Google.

    Cons

    Little to no honest feedback on job performance for contractors. Even experienced contractors with good efficiency records have little chance of getting hired.

    Advice to Management

    Tech personnel don't particularly make good managers. You would keep more contractors if there was constructive feedback system in place rather than "here one day, gone the next" environment. Also, losing proven, trained contractors is an expensive proposition.


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