Why I don’t want to work for Google
Google use to be the dream place to work, from the crazy catered lunches, laundry services and a cool name as an employee (you are called a Googler). When I was in my early twenties I decided to not go the conventional route to development and took a 9-week intensive Bootcamp. So my idea of ever working at Google or any other big tech company was kind of put to bed.
But then, there was a shift.
With the digital boom of the last decade, the drive and knowledge are all relative now. You can choose the aged path of post-secondary but also take it up on your own accord to learn. Allowing you to open your own doors by focusing, networking and just being you.
Big tech had to shift because there were just not enough people to fill the seats by the conventional way of learning. And as the boom continued their own workforce decreased over time and choose bigger and better things out there. Either by starting their own thing or jumping to another company that lines up with what they needed at that moment.
But then the pandemic hit.
Everyone was closed off in their bubble, and everything that was online became even more online. And the perks that were sold to you when taking on the job at Google have now pivoted to a less beneficial list of items. As business models drastically pivoted to adjust to the landscape of the new pandemic world, more work was involved in moving existing projects and creating new initiatives to capture this new area.
Businesses like Shopify had to increase timelines to survive in the online first approach the world was thrust into from the pandemic. Moving timelines of technology and support that were for the future in two, or three years , turned into a get it done as soon as possible timeline.
But then the great resignations started.
The perks lists, the office benefits, and the commitments of working massive overtime were not worth the job. As well, a large number of companies have not officially confirmed remote life, hybrid or office only. Waiting and selective suggesting what the next generation of the workspace will look like. Apple has walked back plans, and several others as well. This is probably a good thing with the new variant of COVID-19 riding another summer wave. But it still introduced the uncertainty of what post-pandemic work expectations will be.
Now the trimming and freezes.
Google like many companies are stressed about the rate of inflation and the rising scarcity of another recession on the horizon. They have begun to reflect inwards on how they can stabilize their existing revenues and cut costs. The two biggest pain points are new hires that require extra onboarding support and taking resources from existing staff. As well as, teams or areas that have been in the red, maybe even for years and with an unknown future, it would be easier to set sails than buckle down.
The grass is not greener on the other side and big tech companies like Google are going to have to play the field by trying to capture new and existing candidates. But at the current economic landscape and the unknown policies of those companies, being a Googler is just not in the cards for me.