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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 for less than a 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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    I worked at Google

    Pros

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    Cons

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer

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    Pros

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    Cons

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