TheOptimizationIdiot - 2:25 pm on Apr 15, 2013 (gmt 0)
I fully believe there is such compartmentalization inside Google that one group doesn't know what the other group is even doing (see also: AdSense and organics, many examples, the most recent of which is the organic team pushing Responsive Design when AdSense still doesn't approve serving responsive ads)
^^^ This definitely.
One of the biggest "one team has no clue what's going on with anyone else" indicators was right after Panda and some other updates rolled out when the "organic results team" was saying not to put too many ads on the page while AdSense Reps were calling and telling people they would make more money by putting more ads in more prominent places on the page.
They were two completely opposing pieces of advice from different departments at the same company. It had (and may still have) quite a few people's head spinning and left them not knowing what to do, because one was saying "go easy on the ads" and another was saying "you should plaster the page with ads".