Google’s Grunt Workers: ScanOps

Workers Leaving the Googleplex

However, a fourth class exists at Google that involves strictly data-entry labor, or more appropriately, the labor of digitizing. These workers are identifiable by their yellow badges, and they go by the team name ScanOps. They scan books, page by page, for Google Book Search. The workers wearing yellow badges are not allowed any of the privileges that I was allowed – ride the Google bikes, take the Google luxury limo shuttles home, eat free gourmet Google meals, attend Authors@Google talks and receive free, signed copies of the author’s books, or set foot anywhere else on campus except for the building they work in. They also are not given backpacks, mobile devices, thumb drives, or any chance for social interaction with any other Google employees. Most Google employees don’t know about the yellow badge class.

I wondered how the scanning was done, where, and by whom.

I guess I know some of that now.

It’s too bad Google treats them like shit.

“Do No Evil,” my ass!

Hey, Google, in the real world, temps for lawyers, consultancies, and financial firms get more privileges than this!

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