Google contracting?

Microsoft HtIB24
Feb 7 10 Comments

Interviewed at Google a couple of months back (onsite) for a FTE position and got rejected for reasons they weren't willing to discuss. My understanding is that I'm in the cooling off period of interviews now.

That said, I now have (third party) recruiters trying to get me into a contract role with them, but I can't help but feel a little...chagrined? Annoyed? Cheated? Hard to say. I was really looking forward to actually having insurance and being able to leave the contractor life.

So my questions are:
1. Is it worth following up with any of these recruiters?
2. Does being a contractor hurt chances of FTE later?
3. How is the contractor = second class citizen thing? (It grinds on me pretty hard at MS.)

I like my team at MS, but they've made it plenty obvious I'm forever a contractor here, too.

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  • Google xchfx
    So I came in as a contractor and just converted to FTE but it's not easy and there's no guarantee. I would suggest taking one of the calls with a hiring manager and seeing what their goal is for the position. Some teams hire contractors with the intention to convert while others don't ever do that. You're taking somewhat of a risk honestly, but if you're willing to do that for Google I would say that in the end it's only going to help you land an even better role. (Either at G or somewhere else)
    Feb 7 2
    • Microsoft HtIB24
      OP
      Solid advice. Pretty much every recruiter uses the "chance of extension/FTE" carrot, so getting that plan out of the HM is a good idea.
      Feb 7
    • American Express gandalf$$
      Can I pm you? I'm considering contracting for Google
      Oct 4
  • New ktFx33
    Look up tech lead how to handle rejections
    Feb 7 0
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    • Microsoft HtIB24
      OP
      You declined them, or they declined you? And any particular thoughts as far as culture/pay?
      Feb 7
    • Microsoft HtIB24
      OP
      ... That doesn't make any sense. You can hold on to an FTE offer for a year, and you aren't locked to a single team.
      Feb 8
  • New ktFx33
    You could take it while you search for something better
    Feb 7 1
    • Microsoft HtIB24
      OP
      I'm solid where I'm at, so there isn't a need to jump if it's going to hurt me down the line. (Hence, questions in OP.)
      Feb 7
  • Lyft alqt61
    I've heard of ppl converting at Google but it takes years. Would look at FTE elsewhere first
    Feb 7 1
    • Oscar 🐨koala
      I heard you need to reinterview
      Feb 7

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