- It’s true you do sometimes feel like a second class citizen but that’s true at some other companies (though not all).
- because you’re a ‘contractor’ the team might keep its distance and/or you might find that you don’t have as much visibility into the strategy behind your design which can feel limiting at times
- as a contractor you are expected to hit the ground running. There’s very little ramp up time. I got my first project on day 1. Formal contractor orientation is only a couple of hours long and only focused really on learning the time sheet tools etc. Therefore you have to be able (and willing) to teach yourself more often than not. It’s a fast culture and you’re expected to move super fast
- you have no assurance IF your contract will be extended so be prepared that it won’t.
Converting to FTE will be completely dependent on the team’s available headcount. Also, there aren’t any technical ‘conversions’. You’ll have to apply for any open position and go through the formal interview process (including phone screen). The only advantage you’ll have is that you have an ‘in’ to your manager who can submit your resume to the recruiter directly so you’re almost guaranteed to at least get to go through the recruiting phone screen.
- Everyone is really nice! Even though you’re a contractor so people may keep their distance, they’re all still nice (Well this might depend on the team you’re on but for the most part I got the feeling this was pretty much most teams)
- You’re filling a need, therefore most people are really happy you’re there
- You get the perks (can ride the bus, eat the food, go to the analog lab, have a limited # of visitors) but you’re limited to only those. Gym, classes, events, swag, team offsites/dinners/etc. are all off limits.
- You have access to awesome design tools.