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3 people found this helpful  

Ate lunch with Al Gore, ate lunch on 60 Minutes, worked hard, worked late, missed the ipo.

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

Pros

I was a contractor, and you must know that as a contractor your number one job is to make yourself invaluable to Google for an entire year. Be there early, stay late, do everything your're asked to and three or four times that. Go out with your coworkers, go out with your boss, become a Googler even though you aren't. Yes the pay sucks, but you have an opportunity to get your foot in the door. Introduce yourself to Larry and Sergei, make sure they know who you are. Do your job well, and don't be shy about telling others what you are excited about. It's a collaboration mecca. You can learn a lot while you're here, and you can pick a lot of brains that you may never get to rub elbows with again.

Oh and lunch is free, live bands on Fridays, lots of parties, ski trips, etc. Just sneak in, on or into. No big deal.

Cons

Sneaking into company events. Explaining that you're not with adwords but you actually have a meaningful project.

The general disdain most googlers have for the adwords crowd.

No job security, low pay, low respect. For contractors.

If you want to try to get a full time job here, don't have other plans for a year. AT ALL.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Realize that you have talent in your contractor pool. Keep an eye out for folks who want to work hard and learn more, they deserve your attention. Get rid of people who are all play, keep the ones who struggle to party, but have a great time when they do.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not your usual organization

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    Current Employee - Senior Operations Data Center Manager  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Operations Data Center Manager in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Very casual, great environment, smart people.

    Cons

    Very little structure, wasteful money, over hire people that are not needed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put true managers in management positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great company to work for with amazing benefits. Great atmosphere and employee culture. The people are great and fascinating to learn from. Very professional company.

    Cons

    Can't really think of any. Just had great perks and amazing people and experiences. Learned from lots of professional people and got great benefits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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