Recent protests targeting Google commuter buses have prompted the tech giant to add security guards to San Francisco bus stops, according to Reuters.
These security positions are interesting in part because they are plain clothes positions. It looks like the guards have been instructed to downplay that they are working for Google at all.
On two successive days this week, a pair of young men stood on a San Francisco street waiting for the special ‘Gbus’ that ferries Google staffers to the Internet company’s Mountain View headquarters 34 miles to the south.
Dressed casually in jeans and wearing black ski hats or hoods, the two men did not stand out from the dozens of other young tech workers waiting for the Google bus. On close inspection, each sported the curly wire of an earpiece, and one occasionally jotted notes down on a yellow stick-it pad.
Instead of boarding the bus with everyone else, the two remained in the same spot, watching intently as a succession of Google’s white corporate shuttles arrived for the morning pick-up.
Apple may also need to add security soon, because their buses have been targeted as well.
Google is currently listing security manager jobs on their website. It’s not clear whether they are hiring these new guards directly or if they are working through an agency. If they are working through an agency, however, it’s likely that they’re working with SIS, the security company who serves most of the area tech giants.
Either way, it seems like it’s a great time to pursue a security license in California.