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The Problem with Working at Google

It’s hard for some students to imagine, but getting that dream job may not be an unqualified good

The worst part of working at Google, for many people, is that they’re overqualified for their job. Google has a very high hiring bar due to the strength of the brand name, the pay & perks, and the very positive work culture. As a result, they have their pick of bright candidates, even for the most low-level roles….

 

Some of the downsides of so many overqualified people:

 

It’s hard to get promoted quickly, since the person above you as well as at your level both have great educations and strong work ethics. When it’s standard to be awesome, and the work isn’t particularly tough to begin with, it’s hard to differentiate.

 

The work may not be intellectually rewarding (read: boring). It can be tough to feel a sense of accomplishment about what you do, and that sense is actually quite important to the type of people who are ambitious enough to get over the Google hiring bar.

 

Some people end up losing their drive by working at Google. They get accustomed to not trying their hardest, but still having an awesome day-to-day life.

Another exhibit in the “I’m-so-tired-of-hearing-the-‘find-something-you-love-and-you-will-surely-succeed’-baloney” file.

But, maybe more relevant to class, this could provide some interesting points for discussion when we get into the economics of labor markets in the intermediate class.

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