Google’s use of contract workers is hardly unique in the tech industry, it’s just a little more dramatic given the things we all hear about Google’s office environments. (Note: I have visited one (not Mountain View though) and yeah, it was a really cool place. Food was great, too.) This note from inside the Google contractor world points out all that’s wrong with the system in which Google is just one participant.
I’ve hired people as contractors for full time positions but the point was always to get someone on board quickly and then move them to full time if it was working out. I have batted 100% with this, which I attribute to being really thoughtful about the contractor hiring process; this was never just “ship me over one digital marketing specialist, please.” And I’ve hired some really great people that way. People who I guess Google would have tossed out.
It’s not a good system.