So I am back at a company that uses google for all their communication (not just google but the corporate google apps package). Anyways when you download the Hangouts standalone app you may notice a few things.
1. When you close your laptop and it goes to sleep, upon opening said laptop hangouts has decided to die a fatal death.
a. Simply make sure that hangouts is always on your MAIN/PRIMARY desktop and this issue will disappear
2. When you close your laptop overnight upon returning in the morning the transparent shadows are simply black.
a. This is a known issue https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=428627