tedster - 11:55 pm on Apr 16, 2013 (gmt 0)
I do no accept that organic is separate because Google money only on ads
But Google cannot make good money on ads unless users continue to prefer their search results altogether. That's the marketing plan and has been since Adwords was first introduced.
The teams most definitely are separate. Although you may think that these teams influence each other (that's a different issue) each team is definitely made up of at least hundreds of employees. And from speaking with these folks at conferences, I'm pretty convinced that ads do not affect organic rankings, and they never have.
As I said, if you don't work for a big brand you may think they've got it easy. If you do work for a big brand, it's a different story by far.