What It Is Like Being A Google Yellow Badge [VIDEO]

Posted May 2, 2011

Workers Leaving the Googleplex from Andrew Norman Wilson on Vimeo.

What does Google and the book Brave New World have in common? They both have classes with each having separate accommodations. The top of the Google class gets ski trips, free food, holiday bonuses, etc. The classes are distinguished by the color badge that is associated with their name.

White badges are full time employees, red badges are contractors, and yellow badges are known as scan ops. The yellow badges work in building 3.1459~ and do not get the same benefits as almost everyone else. Their jobs are mainly to scan books for Google Book Search. Most of them are people of color who do not enjoy their job, but it pays the bills. Andrew Norman Wilson produced the above video and lost his job as part of his investigation. It is worth listening to.