Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

30 Mar 2002, 10:37 a.m.

The myths and the realities of jobs at Google. "MYTH: It's…

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The myths and the realities of jobs at Google.

"MYTH: It's too late to join Google.
REALITY: We have a jobs page, you idiot."

Unfortunately, that's not how they actually answer the "myth."

"MYTH: Google is "just a search engine" and search is a solved problem."

Leonard, upon hearing this "myth," laughed very, very hard.

"I can imagine just the sort of person who'd say that. 'Arrr, search is a solved problem.' He's a bitter CS grad student."

"Why is he bitter?"

"He's bitter because he's a CS grad student at some second-tier university and his thesis topic isn't interesting and he hates his advisor. That's why he's bitter. And his girlfriend just dumped him."

"He had a girlfriend?"

"Yeah, but he only got to third base with her."