That conversation made me realize that I’m not Google. I provide a service to Google in exchange for money.
I was very lucky to have a friend who taught me that very early (not about Google specifically, the same applies to any company). Working as a contractor just cemented it - I was sitting next to people earning half as much as I was or less, just because I was a contractor and they were an employee. Once you can see this, it's amazing when employees get sucked into killing themselves working crazy hours because they identify so strongly with the company they work for. Companies go to great lengths to promote the idea that we're all one big family, of course, precisely because it allows them to exploit their workers more easily.
Since leaving Google, I now make a software product I sell online. I have no boss, no employees and no investors. Occasionally I miss having coworkers, but mostly it's great. Freedom is really worth a lot of money, at least for me.
>Since leaving Google, I now make a software product I sell online. I have no boss, no employees and no investors. Occasionally I miss having coworkers, but mostly it's great. Freedom is really worth a lot of money, at least for me.
Yeah, that's the thing I miss most. Not just the social interaction, but being around smart people. Within Google, it was so easy to learn because there were experts in every field imaginable. Outside, there's so much bad information floating around, so if I'm not knowledgeable in a particular area, it's hard for me to distinguish between good advice and cargo cult techniques.
I'm (apparently) not Google-quality but I can tell you for sure that "out here" everybody else is adopting the same tactics, and it's shifting from "not getting promoted" to "not keeping your job". And then they complain that there's a shortage of "talent".
Was this still true after all the taxes, insurance, and stability factors are considered, or was this just your hourly rate?
I was in London working in web & finance at the time, so it was a fairly distorted market. I did get bitten by the dot com crash, but even so I was only out of work for about 6 months or so and that was a pretty extreme event. Realistically in the current environment job stability in a major IT centre like London is so good that contracting is pretty safe. In a more unstable market there would be a higher element of risk, for sure.
Curious if that is actually true when comparing to tier 1 banks/hedge funds full time employee salaries+bonus+retirement+healthcare.
Assume 600 GBP/day * 22 day/month * 10 months (realistically) full time work, that's 132k/yr.
From that take out accounting, illness, insurance, healthcare, retirement, travel, possibly more.
All things considered, once you get above 100k base as employee contracting becomes less attractive.
Strictly as a money move that is, there's other dimensions for sure.
Ie. 900+GBP/day is listed rarely and for very specific/niche things.
Then, the more niche it is the more likely it is that the downtime between contracts becomes longer I imagine.
Curious what your anecdotal experience has been, to the extent that it can be shared.
I suspect IT contractors are not seen as real professionals in the British class structure
In the UK you would normally expect 3x for a short 6 month contract.
When you wrote
> Freedom is really worth a lot of money, at least for me.
it seemed to imply you took a paycut to gain your freedom. To a degree, I would make that trade-off too. But, your point about contractors making twice [it can easily be 3x] what FT colleagues do, made it sound like you don't need to trade money for freedom, rather enjoy both. Hope that's the case for you too! If not, know that it can be!
Or so I've heard.