Google Titled 'Best Place to Work' by Fortune Magazine!
This entry was posted on Monday, January 23, 2012.
Google surpassed its own record when it employed around 7000 people in the past year. This was the greatest growth of the search giant in its history of 13 years. Fortune wrote in their magazine, "Employees rave about their mission, the culture, and the famous perks of the Plex: bocce courts, a bowling alley, eyebrow shaping (for a fee) in the New York office."
Google is famous for the perks it offers its employees. Nobody can deny that working for Google pays off big time in terms of luxury, comfort and style. A new 40,000 square-foot park built by Google for the people working for it at Mountain View California is just one example. Other perks include using electric Chevy Volts and Nissan Leafs when Google employees want to go somewhere during office hours.
Google, however, believes that the reason why it got this title is not because of the glitz it offers. The senior vice president for people operations Laszlo Bock said, "What people often focus on are the flashy, showy things, like the massages and the food, which are important to us. But they are not the real story about what makes our culture work."
He (along with other executives in Google) explained that Google employees get equal treatment, corporate transparency and get enabled to have a positive impact both inside the company as well as on the world. Bock said, "All of that stuff is free."
But other benefits by Google deserve a mention too. Not only does the company offer free food, but also benefits and full support of transgender workers' partners, fully paid 18-week maternity leaves and also gave a 10% pay raise to all its employees last year.
Furthermore, Google has paid special attention to providing a healthy and clean atmosphere to its employees. One location at Mountain View had been turned down as Google's office because it was too close to a freeway. They didn't want their employees to be this exposed to pollution.
Now the company filters air at a much higher level than other offices do. Anthony Ravitz, head of the Green Team for Google's Real Estate and Workplace Services described the air at Googleplex as "something you might see in a hospital-type setting. We're really thinking about long-term health effects. How can we extend the life span of our employees by 30 years?"