High-tech companies have long promoted the idea that they are egalitarian, idyllicworkplaces. And Google, perhaps more than any other, has represented that image, with a reputation for enviable salaries and benefits and lavish perks.
But the company’s increasing reliance on temps and contractors has some Google employees wondering if management is undermining its carefully crafted culture.
As of March, Google worked with roughly 121,000 temps and contractors around the world, compared with 102,000 full-time employees, according to an internal document obtained by The New York Times.
Google’s contractors handle a range of jobs, from content moderation to software testing. Their hourly pay varies, from $16 per hour for an entry-level content reviewer to $125 per hour for a top-shelf software developer.
Though they often work side by side with full-timers, Google temps are usually employed by outside agencies.
They make less money, have different benefits plans and have no paid vacation time in the United States, according to more than a dozen current and former Google temp and contract workers, most of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity because they had signed nondisclosure agreements.
Google usually pays staffing companies, which find the workers and provide them with salaries and benefits as their employer.
But the current and former contract and temp workers, as well as four Google employees, said Google was the employer in all but name. It decides what jobs they do, dictates where and what hours they work, and often decides if and when to fire them.
Google’s contractors are barred from company events like holiday parties and all-handsmeetings. They are not permitted to look at internal job postings or attend company job fairs.
In some instances, email messages about workplace security concerns that went out to full-time staff were not shared with contract workers even though they worked in the same offices, the contractors and temps told The Times.
1）idyllic adj. 田园诗般的; 牧歌的
an idyllic poem 田园诗
Married life was not as idyllic as he had imagined.
2）anonymity n. 匿名；笔者不明
Both mother and daughter, who have requested anonymity, are doing fine.
anonymity 的形容词形式：anonymous，adj. 无名的；匿名的
an anonymous letter 匿名信
文中” all-hands meeting”，全员会议
All hands on deck!
Serve out a round of brandy to all hands!