Soon America's most bright-eyed graduates will enter the workforce and make their workaday homes in cubes at Google, MySpace, or Amazon.com. And they will suffer not just the indignity of having to work for a living, but also the dispiriting realization that a job at a cool company isn't always that hot. These employers, and the others hiring for tech's 10 worst entry-level jobs, listed below, will look spiffy on a resume someday, but for now the only good these jobs promise the world is the pleasant feeling you and I can share knowing we're not the ones stuck in them.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I should note that I wouldn't have been able to get any of these jobs out of college. I didn't finish with a 3.8, do a year of service in Nicaragua or file any patents during my sophomore year. But the worst part of this list is the fact that the people taking these jobs did. To paraphrase Dan Lyons, there's something distinctly evil about the way Google and the other companies listed below hoard the world's best and brightest and put them to work on creating more efficient text ads or, worse, tasking them with taking phone calls from angry customers.
Follow the link for each job to see a picture of their locations, a list of key responsibilities, first hand accounts of why each job is so bad and how much they pay.
Tech's ten worst entry-level jobs
- Online sales and operations account manager, Google
- Support engineer, Washington-Seattle, Amazon.com
- Content Acquisition Intern, IODA
- Customer support specialist, Fox Interactive, MySpace division
- Database administrator (temporary), Google, contracted through WorkforceLogic
- Support professional, product: Windows, Microsoft
- Executive admin to Mashable CEO Pete Cashmore
- Analyst, user operations, Facebook
- Operations finance, analyst intern, Yahoo
- Part-time guide, Mahalo