At some point I would not have given any sort of shit about Google. I simply would not have cared. Just last year October as a recruiter reached out, said they have seen my CV and considered me for a position in Hamburg, I thought «what the hell, studying like crazy for another 3 months for a job interview and in the end ending up in Google office in Hamburg?» I even did not bother to ask what the position is. Not even that! I simply answered sorry I have just signed a contract with Company X and would like to gather more experience before joining Google.
It all sound so cool to be contacted by Google, but in the end it is not that cool. It is why at that point I simply said no, and I was really not into it.
What they do is basically a brute forcing algorithm. They find every possible person, also on LinkedIn, and try to see if it is a good match or not. Just to be sure that it cannot be that there is a talent out there and they overlooked it and that talent might end up somewhere else like Uber or Microsoft or Facebook or Amazon or whatever else is out there.
So basically it does not mean anything special to be contacted by Google. Most friends of mine have been contacted, and they will continue to search for talents like crazy.
However, at some point in January I developed the obsession that I want to go to Google. I began studying Algorithms, Product Management strategies and methods, System Design, etc
After 2 months studying like crazy, I stopped, not that I had lost my interest in that, but I had concentrated my interest into something more interesting. So I stopped. Then just by chance I saw a position on LinkedIn, applied, and they contacted me in 2 weeks.
Jimy said you are most probably overqualified for this position. I had my first video call with the recruiter, and found her quite self loving. It is difficult to describe how she was. But it was basically, yes we are Google, we liked you CV, we want to interview you.
So I began studying like crazy, day and night. Went through all the ML algorithms, all Cloud products, and everything about databases and big data. I reached from 0/100 in cloud and 10/100 in ML to somewhere good where I could get involved into ML discussions in my team and follow what Jimy was saying when he was talking about horizontal scaling and hight availability and Spanner and so on. (my knowledge was quite outdate in ML and the non-outdated part was completely forgotten in years). However, meanwhile I began to learn more about Google, and by the way you need to know a bit of a history about the company you are applying for.
And then I believe as it is the nature of the job Google is doing, I could see it has really turned into a giant beast who is buying all sort of startups, patents, etc to make sure that it survives in the big big war that is going on between Tech companies. The prices it had paid for some companies were just crazy. Like 3 billion dollars for Youtube. And this 3 billion was just a small dirty amount of money compared to all else that is being paid for making sure that they «own» all the technologies that is out there.
Then my colleague told me that there is an animal, Nackt Mull, that never gets cancer. And Google has bought 90% of them, to do research and find out why. He believed it is a shame that a company has become too powerful to do this. My mom later ask surprised if they do medical research too? I said yes, they do everything that is out there.
As Jessica Power rightfully writes:
«You can’t buy up a big bookstore and then a big diaper store and a big pet supply store and, finally, a big grocery store, national newspaper, and rocket ship and then act surprised when people start wondering if maybe you’re a bit too powerful.»
And she has been the Vice President of Communication in Google. And that is something really big!
So that is the whole thing. I am still studying like crazy, because I learned like crazy about things in these 3 weeks, but at the same time I feel if I ever «Get that job in Google» (there is a blog post written exactly with this title giving tips how to get «that job» in Google)
So I feel if I ever get «that job», I would feel ashamed to tell my colleagues I am leaving for a company that most probably is doing also a lot of evil. However, they most probably pay me double. Should I leave? Should I hide which company I am going to? I have not yet have even had my first interview and I am doubting the whole trustworthiness of this company.
I would rather go for Microsoft, the pay is better for sure than my current job, but I also don’t directly see enough evidences that they are kicking every startup out of the competition to turn into a giant beast eating everything on its way.