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Google "happy place" to work

 6:06 pm on Jan 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

Google has been named by Fortune as the best place to work in the US, moving up from number four in 2011, and regaining the top spot it held in 2008 and 2007.

"It's important that the company be a family, that people feel that they're part of the company," Google CEO and cofounder Larry Page told Fortune, "and that the company is like a family to them."

"If you're changing the world," Page said, "you're working on important things. You're excited to get up in the morning."

Changing the world is all well and good, of course, but Google's employees also benefit from on-campus medical care and child care, gyms, bocce-ball courts, a bowling alley, and massages. Google's New York office even offers eyebrow shaping although they charge for it.




 7:04 pm on Jan 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

Google's New York office even offers eyebrow shaping although they charge for it.

That is my deal breaker. :)



 9:24 pm on Jan 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

Aha! So that's why 2010's Visiting Scientists included a HR person along with the usual crop of engineers. (This is really true.)


 9:16 pm on Jan 21, 2012 (gmt 0)

Onsite medical care? Makes it kinda hard to call in sick doesn't it?


 9:41 pm on Jan 21, 2012 (gmt 0)

It's for when the AdWords guys and the SE guys get into brawls. They don't want passers-by to say "Hm, wonder what happened at google? Just saw a bunch of ambulances screeching up to the gates."


 5:03 pm on Jan 24, 2012 (gmt 0)

Spoke with a guy yesterday that worked for G. Priceless quote: "Yeah, they have all that stuff, but we never had time and were too exhausted to use any of it."


 4:53 pm on Jan 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

When I saw this thread I thought it was one of those jokes (as in, "enter directions from London to New York in maps") so I just did that - googled '"happy place" to work'. Ironically there's a top 50 list in the first page of serps, and Google's not on it. :-)

<OT>I do wonder how the USAF got to #7 on that list</OT>

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