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It's OK as a contractor.

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Former Employee - Business Specialist in Portland, OR (US)
Former Employee - Business Specialist in Portland, OR (US)

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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    If it's too good to be true...

    Current Employee - Ops in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Ops in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I have been working at Google as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Free food and looks good on the resume

    Cons

    There are some very snobbish, insulting, and vulgar people here. Imagine a country club and a technology company had a kid. Now that kid is a spoiled elitist brat that thinks everything they do is amazing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up! Picking clean Ivy Leaguers and tossing them in a role is not always a plan for success. When it does work, don't burn them out and replace them like a strobe light bulb at a rave.

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    great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    great culture;
    hard problems;
    bright people;
    fast paced;
    good food;

    Cons

    all of the pros if you are looking for a 9 to 5 worriless job

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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