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Google culture "out of control"

"Juvenile focus" says Fortune

     
5:34 pm on Nov 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

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http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/6/34197.html

Another anti-google Register article..

5:50 pm on Nov 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Google is fighting a losing battle to preserve the integrity of its search results.

Disagree.

As we've noted here before, the search engine doesn't really matter commercially to Google. It's not impossible to imagine the day, several years hence, when besieged by pernickity regulators, Google dispenses with it altogether.

Huh? The SERPs might not generate any revenue, but without them, where do you hang the Adwords?

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The Register Manual of Style:

(1) Find an article in a superior publication
(2) Paraphrase it in a few paragraphs
(3) Add a few snipes to the beginning
(4) Add a few snipes to the end
(5) Publish!

5:54 pm on Nov 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I personally think the Register article is "on the money".
Here is a quote from and a link to the Fortune article that is referenced by the Register.
...Google has grown arrogant, making some of its executives as frustrating to deal with in negotiations as AOL's cowboy salesmen during the bubble. It has grown so fast that employees and business partners are often confused about who does what. A rise of stock- and option-stoked greed is creating rifts within the company. Employees carp that Google is morphing in strange and nerve-racking ways. And talk swirls over the question of who's really in charge: CEO Schmidt or co-founders Brin and Page?

[fortune.com...]
6:11 pm on Nov 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

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>the Fortune article that is referenced by the Register
sour grapes.
11:30 pm on Nov 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Thirty per cent of Google's thousand plus employees are contractors

That's a lot. I wonder why.

11:40 pm on Nov 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

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sour grapes

Not from me, I am doing better than ever in the google SERP.

Some folks just have blinders on when it comes to Google. ;-)

Thirty per cent of Google's thousand plus employees are contractors
That's a lot. I wonder why.

Cheep labor, no benefits, no options. A lot of low life companies work this way. They don't want to share their enormous profits with the workers that help generate the profits.
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>Sour grapes
>Not from me, I am doing better than ever in the google SERP.
I was mentioning about the fortune article.

>Cheep labor, no benefits, no options. A lot of low life companies work this way. They don't want to share their enormous profits with the workers that help generate the profits.

Google is one of the most friendly companies to work for. [google.com...] for why i am saying that.

>That's a lot. I wonder why.
Since, G is turning to a media publshing company, it might have a lot of non-technical positions to fill in.

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When I look at the Google Job offering, a lot of them say degree or equivalent experince. If google was only interested in Ivy league, they would not be using the term equivalent experince.

The article sounds alot like bad journalism.

Sure, google has some problems, but when you quadripple your workforce in less than a year, you are going to have some issues to work out.

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Google is one of the most friendly companies to work for.

Any company can say they're friendly. It's meaningless.

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Since, G is turning to a media publshing company, it might have a lot of non-technical positions to fill in.

So why not permanent employees? I thought they were "friendly".

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From my slightly-insider perspective:

- The hiring process is hellish, but Google is, overall, a very good place to work.
- The food does rock.
- They are hiring a lot of 'temps'.
- Many folks (including some of my friends) work long hours there but don't seem to mind.
- They do tend to hire lots of Stanford and Berkeley folks, and indeed (as listed on their job reqs) show a preference for graduates from "top tier" schools.
- As an interviewee, my impressions of the company and the people who work there have been largely favorable.

NOTE: I *DO NOT* work nor have I worked for Google.