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more on Google April 3, 2007

Posted by Abby in blogs, Employees, Knowledge economy, Workplaces.

Hi all,

So I know we’ve all discussed Google at length, but while thinking of different organizations to tackle for the next paper, I decided to look at the ‘Official Google Blog’.


It’s well-known that Google’s organizational culture is definitely out of the ordinary, and is much more liberal and open than any other office, but I had no idea to what extent. This week, not an April Fool’s Day prank – someone lost their pet python IN THE OFFICE!

The organization has great ways for co-workers to bond, such as running a relay together. And is also very creative in holding events such as the ‘Live Art Day’ when an artist was invited to create a work right there, at Google headquarters! (There is a really cool video posted on the blog) They also had a Chinese ice sculptor.

On further investigation, Fortune Magazine also featured (through CNNMoney) the perks of being a ‘Googler’. Here’s a few of them:

  • Free car wash or oil change while you work
  • There are 11 free gourmet cafeterias on-site, as well as numerous cafes
  • If you want to be environmentally friendly, they will give you $5000 towards a hybrid car.
  • Just have a baby? Congratulations! Your employer will give you $500 to put towards take out meals at home, while you get through those first few months with the newborn.
  • You can get your haircut ‘on campus’
  • Free laundry machines to help balance home and work duties!


Wow, all that explains why they’re the #1 Company to Work for!



1. Jordi - April 3, 2007

I feel the way about Google the way I do about Kindergarten: why can’t more companies (classrooms) be like this? Why can’t we tap the power of play more?

2. Stacey Swift - April 3, 2007

I want to work for google now! It sounds like so much fun! I imagine entering the workforce after college to be a very difficult transition, their atmosphere sounds more like a college dorm. I would also imagine these many perks makes a job at google a coveted position. The many applications would allow them to get the best employees. Can I still work at google even though I know nothing about computers or the internet?

3. Kira - April 4, 2007

I also want to work for google! With such an awesome work environment, who wouldn’t want to work for them? Everyone knows that the happier workers are, the better they perform their tasks. Google really proves that it is possible to add fun into the workplace and be a majorly successful company at the same time. Why aren’t more companies adopting a culture like google’s? Why do companies feel as though they must have a structured and rigid work environment in order to be successful? I think that this is one more thing that gives google a strategic advantage.

4. breichen - April 4, 2007

I think we can all agree that Google sounds like a fun place to be. I also agree that perhaps a super-rigid and highly-sructured work environment is not the best atmosphere for an organization’s prodcuctivity. At Google, their strategy clearly seems to be working as they are an incredibly successful organization that just keeps growing. While conveniences like car washes and hair cuts are great incentives for employees to enjoy being at work and not be glued to a computer screen in their cubicle for hours, I also question whether this atmostphere would work for all organizations. Yes, Google seems to make it work, but I know that if a pet python was loose in the office I probably would’nt get much accomplished.

5. Bertan - April 4, 2007

I feel like they are much more than just a company.. Google is like a way of life and I wonder what kind of new crazy things they will think of in the future because all new creative engineers, scientists, managers and computer professionals are being hired by Google.

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