Google is a truly unusual place to work. The campus in Mountain View is dotted with giant statues of sweets representing the company’s Android versions—Eclair,…
I had no idea half of Google workers were contractors, temps, and vendors. Surprising, not surprising.
This is basically bs. Many tech firms use contractors to start because they don’t see another way. In this case it’s purely greed. Perhaps 5% or some such thing could realistically be temporary needs. But at this level it is abuse.And the all too PC employees won’t stand up against their employer here, it would only cause more competition for advancement. Reeks of hypocrisy. They care so deeply that Google doesn’t aid the defense of this nation; they care so deeply that Google doesn’t participate in any version of a search engine the Chinese government might restrict. But screw those who work next to them day in and day out for months and years.
The caste system that's created in companies like Google that make extensive use of contractors has all sorts of unintended consequences—including for the staffers. As Ephrat Livni describes, for some employees, the many perks of being on staff end up making them feel guilty. Others turn into petty tyrants. The result infects the work culture for everyone.
I would read Ephrat Livni on virtually any subject. Hearing her perspective on Google’s contract caste is fascinating
Working at Google is an incredible and bizarre experience. For one, you discover that there is such a thing as free lunch. Yet that is not enough to dispel the deep underlying gloom at the world's seemingly friendliest workplace.