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(News.com.au)   Feeling depressed that you couldn't get that coveted job working for Google? Well take heart, it's not all free food and complimentary massages   (news.com.au) divider line 28
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2013-11-05 12:05:18 PM
Boo-farking-hoo.
 
2013-11-05 12:11:28 PM
Oh yeah? Well, back in 1998 some burnouts convinced me to travel up the coast to follow Phish from Ventura to Shoreline and I wandered over to a grassy area that now lies squarely in their "campus" and tool a big ol' poop.
 
2013-11-05 12:23:43 PM
Google in 2013 is where Microsoft was in about 1993 -- about to go through business puberty, to transition from burgeoning and creative to bloated and corporate.
 
2013-11-05 12:37:44 PM
The reason there is free food and nap rooms and a gym is that you are expected to be there a lot. Like 60+ hour weeks.
 
2013-11-05 12:42:29 PM
Actually, some of those sound like legitimate issues. "The work isn't challenging," "it's hard to get promoted," and "you don't get interesting work" are dealbreakers for a lot of people, and I would think it's especially problematic for people who go to work for a company known for its innovation and whimsy.

"There's too much free food" and "the massage chairs in the nap room are too loud" are ridiculous complaints.
 
2013-11-05 12:42:46 PM
Sounds like a lot of places you go to work straight out of school. You get stuck doing a lot of the mundane menial task until somebody notices you. In some places they may never notices you and you actually have to go to a different company to get more challenging task.
 
2013-11-05 12:50:37 PM
They suck.
 
2013-11-05 01:23:35 PM

poot_rootbeer: Google in 2013 2008 is where Microsoft was in about 1993 -- about to go through business puberty, to transition from burgeoning and creative to bloated and corporate.

 
2013-11-05 01:27:55 PM
In other words, all the aggravations of any normal job that doesn't offer any of those corresponding benefits.

If you want to make a big splash and think you have what it takes, go start your own company. But if you had to be told that, you probably shouldn't bother trying.
 
2013-11-05 02:16:44 PM

skozlaw: If you want to make a big splash and think you have what it takes, go start your own company. But if you had to be told that, you probably shouldn't bother trying.


All these snarky posts are ignoring how many bright young folks go to work for Google for a few years, then leave with some Google friends to form startups, or to positions of MUCH higher responsibility at other tech firms. It's like having the IBM imprimatur back in my day.
 
2013-11-05 02:23:20 PM
Working at Google for most people is like being a 4th string player in the NFL.  It's not really fun, it's not really glamorous.....but you are in the NFL.  You're getting paid a fortune, have the best working conditions imaginable, work with the best people in the business.....but you still sit on bench and do the dirty work.

Any one of them could play on some feeder team and be stars.  They'd call the shots, be the captain, lead the team, the crowd would cheer for them and girls would swoon....they'd be stars, but just on some club team.
 
2013-11-05 04:22:37 PM
So they are overpaying for overqualified people to do menial tasks?  What is GOOG stock at right now?  SELL! SELL! SELL!!!
 
2013-11-05 04:24:41 PM

Fark_Guy_Rob: Working at Google for most people is like being a 4th string player in the NFL.  It's not really fun, it's not really glamorous.....but you are in the NFL.  You're getting paid a fortune, have the best working conditions imaginable, work with the best people in the business.....but you still sit on bench and do the dirty work.

Any one of them could play on some feeder team and be stars.  They'd call the shots, be the captain, lead the team, the crowd would cheer for them and girls would swoon....they'd be stars, but just on some club team.


But yet they waste away on the Google bench gaining 30 kilos eating pizza and sleeping in a room with loud massage chairs.  They should form a union to protest such punishment!
 
2013-11-05 04:29:31 PM
They could do something exciting. Like fix healthcare.gov

Heroes, they would be!
 
2013-11-05 06:14:19 PM
"It sounds like a first-world problem. But their food. I put on 18 kilos while working at Google. But they also provided access to great gym within the office. One of my colleagues lost 20-30 kilos while I was there. But with so much food around, it was hard to resist and soon I realised that I was eating whenever I was bored or thinking."

It is a first-world problem. More importantly, it's a personal problem. If one person lost 20+ kilos while you put on 18, then the problem isn't the location.

I thought they hired intelligent people there.
 
2013-11-05 07:02:12 PM

Fark_Guy_Rob: Working at Google for most people is like being a 4th string player in the NFL.  It's not really fun, it's not really glamorous.....but you are in the NFL.  You're getting paid a fortune, have the best working conditions imaginable, work with the best people in the business.....but you still sit on bench and do the dirty work.

Any one of them could play on some feeder team and be stars.  They'd call the shots, be the captain, lead the team, the crowd would cheer for them and girls would swoon....they'd be stars, but just on some club team.


I had a phone screen with Google last year (but not for a software developer position). I still wonder what sort of person they were looking to hire because they really didn't ask any technical questions.
 
2013-11-05 11:15:26 PM
I wish they would pay less attention to putting in sliding boards and tree forts in their offices and more time fixing the crap streaming of Youtube. Too many times, no matter how fast my connection or which computer I am on, a Youtube video will load a bit and then *loading circle* loading circle*loading circle*

I never have an issue streaming Netflix or Hulu. Youtube videos load like crap.
 
2013-11-06 12:59:51 AM
I have interviews at Google & Amazon over the next couple of weeks, so I'm getting a kick...
 
2013-11-06 01:30:41 AM
I tried to get in a couple of times, but I'm too stupid for them. I know people who've worked there and had an idea of what they did. So, it baffled me that they wanted to ask me questions about Big O notation when all I'd be doing is writing simple scripts and watching a dashboard all day.  I didn't feel too badly that I didn't get in. I've started to regard the occasional calls and courtship gestures from them as a mildly entertaining hobby.
 
2013-11-06 09:30:14 AM
poor little rich kids.
 
2013-11-06 09:31:08 AM

dr.zaeus: Oh yeah? Well, back in 1998 some burnouts convinced me to travel up the coast to follow Phish from Ventura to Shoreline and I wandered over to a grassy area that now lies squarely in their "campus" and tool a big ol' poop.



i bet dropping that bad boy was pure heaven.
 
2013-11-06 09:32:00 AM

poot_rootbeer: Google in 2013 is where Microsoft was in about 1993 -- about to go through business puberty, to transition from burgeoning and creative to bloated and corporate.



and they'll pay the Price for it too.  just like Monopoly$oft.
 
2013-11-06 09:32:52 AM

machoprogrammer: The reason there is free food and nap rooms and a gym is that you are expected to be there a lot. Like 60+ hour weeks.



being at work 60+ hours a week is so satisfying.   lol
 
2013-11-06 09:34:33 AM
Welcome to the Desert of the Real, Neo.
 
2013-11-06 09:35:23 AM

FormlessOne: I have interviews at Google & Amazon over the next couple of weeks, so I'm getting a kick...



you had better be spotless.  one imperfection and they'll show you the door.
 
2013-11-06 09:45:32 AM

Stone Meadow: skozlaw: If you want to make a big splash and think you have what it takes, go start your own company. But if you had to be told that, you probably shouldn't bother trying.

All these snarky posts are ignoring how many bright young folks go to work for Google for a few years, then leave with some Google friends to form startups, or to positions of MUCH higher responsibility at other tech firms. It's like having the IBM imprimatur back in my day.



True.  when you've been laid by The Google, you are Prime Meat for the rest of them.
 
2013-11-06 09:49:08 AM

itcamefromschenectady: Fark_Guy_Rob: Working at Google for most people is like being a 4th string player in the NFL.  It's not really fun, it's not really glamorous.....but you are in the NFL.  You're getting paid a fortune, have the best working conditions imaginable, work with the best people in the business.....but you still sit on bench and do the dirty work.

Any one of them could play on some feeder team and be stars.  They'd call the shots, be the captain, lead the team, the crowd would cheer for them and girls would swoon....they'd be stars, but just on some club team.

I had a phone screen with Google last year (but not for a software developer position). I still wonder what sort of person they were looking to hire because they really didn't ask any technical questions.



the  "would you do anything God asked you to do?" question should have gotten your attention.
 
2013-11-06 11:11:14 AM

Linux_Yes: itcamefromschenectady: Fark_Guy_Rob: Working at Google for most people is like being a 4th string player in the NFL.  It's not really fun, it's not really glamorous.....but you are in the NFL.  You're getting paid a fortune, have the best working conditions imaginable, work with the best people in the business.....but you still sit on bench and do the dirty work.

Any one of them could play on some feeder team and be stars.  They'd call the shots, be the captain, lead the team, the crowd would cheer for them and girls would swoon....they'd be stars, but just on some club team.

I had a phone screen with Google last year (but not for a software developer position). I still wonder what sort of person they were looking to hire because they really didn't ask any technical questions.


the  "would you do anything God asked you to do?" question should have gotten your attention.


I did check LinkedIn to verify the hiring manager really worked for Google.

 The questions were more like "why do you want to work for Google", "tell me about one of your successes", etc. But no CS 101.
 
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