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"Contractor - Google's people and environment are awesome, but the job responsibilities and growth rate are poor."

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Current Contractor - Staffing Services Associate in Mountain View, CA
Current Contractor - Staffing Services Associate in Mountain View, CA
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Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Everything but the job itself. Work with cool people, eat for free, and play a lot. Having Google on your resume also gives you a competitive advantage with many other employers.

Cons

From my experience as an entry-level contractor, I feel like it's difficult to get well-rounded experience in your practice area at Google. Google hires you to do one specific thing, and nothing more. This is even in their mission statement: better to do one thing really well then a bunch of different things. This principle is effective if you're thinking in terms of efficiency but not in terms of developing your employees.

Also, the conversion rate for contractors is very low and you really do get treated like a second class citizen as you walk around with your red badge (...scarlet letter?).

Advice to Management

Focus on broadening the job responsibilities of your employees.

Other Employee Reviews for Google

  1. "Awesome"

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    Former Employee - Technical Recruiter in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Technical Recruiter in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great perks, great environment, great culture. Everybody working here is smart, friendly, and approachable. Plus, there are always awesome events; celebrities or performers coming, writers speaking about their books, etc.

    Cons

    The work can be very monotonous, as a lower level employee, input isn't really valued. As it's a very large company, the scope of what you're expected to do is quite narrow. They like you to specialize in one thing and ultimately, your value will be determined on how well you execute THAT particular function.


  2. "The Best Place Ever"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The free food is great. People are amazing. Perks in general are out of this world. I don't want to list them but you can Google it and figure them out for yourselves.

    Cons

    You're one of many people.

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