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Google rated #1 in ‘Fortune’ magazine’s survey of Best Employer to work for… January 29, 2007

Posted by Janine in Org Theory Blogs.

While watching ‘CNN Headline News’ this weekend a segment came on that caught my attention.  It was about the highly popular search engine, ‘Google,’ and the astounding success the company is experiencing.  In a recent survey that came out on January 11, 2007, Google was named Fortune magazine’s top employer to work for. After listening to the segment and doing some additional research about the organization’s environment, I am not surprised. 

Imagine 11 different types of eateries all free to employees, $5000 issued allowance to buy a hybrib car, a full sized gym and personal training services!  And these examples are just the tip off the iceburg!  As an organization, Google strives to take care of its employees, and as a result of their careful attention, employee loyalty is not an issue.  If you were to “…ask [an employee] what he or she is doing,…it’s never “selling ads” or “writing code.” No, they’re on a quest “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” That’s from the actual mission statement, by the way, which employees can and do cite with cloying frequency” (http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2007/fortune/0701/gallery.Google_life/3.html). Based on our recent class discussion of organizational culture, I think that the representation that Google embodies exemplifies excellence in this area.  The staff is happy, they work collectively, they feel like they have a say. ( http://www.jimmyr.com/blog/Why_Google_Best_Employer_11_2007.php ). This organization is a clear example of organizational  culture and design, plus efficiency and productivity, at its finest.  While I could go into deeper analysis on this topic, to do so would make this post a research paper.  So please take some time to look at the sites I posted as references.  They offer much more explicit insight into Google’s success and reason behind it.

To conclude, it seems to for Google to have claimed a highly coveted rank in the business arena, they must be doing something right.  “Famous founders’ letter Larry Page and Sergey Brin distributed to prospective Google shareholders before the company’s 2004 IPO: “Google is not a conventional company. We do not intend to become one.” Mission accomplished.” (http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2007/fortune/0701/gallery.Google_life/3.html).  It will be interesting to see how Google continues to handle its success and how it will go about any type of change in the future.