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If you have ever visited Google's Mountain View location, you are immediately taken back by the College-like vibe that seems to emerge from the Googleplex. Their corporate culture is legendary and is part of what makes Google so unique.
As Chris Davies from Enquiro put it while he attended the Google Dance as part of SES San Jose last month, "... Google is the happiest place on Earth. It's like the new Disneyland..." Many people would agree with this statement including the many Googlers who work at Google as evidenced in the following video clip.
There have been many people who have described the Google Culture, but until you actually see it for yourself you just cannot put into words as to how unique the Google Culture is. So why not ask the people who know best? The folks at Google:
How does your company compare to Google? Well at Enquiro, we share a number of the key elements that you'll find at Google. Where Google has the "Google 15", Enquiro has the "Enquiro-7" (the amount of weight that you put on after you start working at Enquiro due to the abundance of tasty and healthy snacks provided. Balance in life and work is important to Enquiro as it is to Google.
Google's world headquarters building is located in Mountain View, California, a stone's throw from the Shoreline Regional Park wetlands. While not all Google offices around the globe are equally well-stocked, these are some of the essential elements that define a Google workspace:
Lobby Décor - Piano, lava lamps, and live projection of current search queries from around the world.
Hallway Décor - Bicycles and large rubber exercise balls on the floors, press clippings from around the world posted on bulletin boards everywhere. Many Googlers standing around discussing arcane IP addressing issues and how to build a better spam filter.
Googler Offices - Googlers work in high density clusters remarkably reflective of our server setup, with three or four staffers sharing spaces with couches and dogs. This improves information flow and saves on heating bills.
Equipment - Most Googlers have high powered Linux OS workstations on their desktops. In Google's earliest days, desks were wooden doors mounted on two sawhorses. Some of these are still in use within the engineering group.
Recreation Facilities - Workout room with weights and rowing machine, locker rooms, washers and dryers, massage room, assorted video games, Foosball, baby grand piano, pool table, ping pong, roller hockey twice a week in the parking lot.
Google Café - Healthy lunches and dinners for all staff. Stations include "Charlie’s Grill," "Back to Albuquerque," "East Meets West" and "Vegheads." Outdoor seating for sunshine daydreaming.
Snack Rooms - Bins packed with various cereals, gummi bears, M&Ms, toffee, licorice, cashew nuts, yogurt, carrots, fresh fruit and other snacks. Dozens of different drinks including fresh juice, soda and make-your-own cappuccino.
Coolest stop on the tour - A three-dimensional rotating image of the world on permanent display on a large flat panel monitor in the office of the engineer who created it. What makes it special is the toggle switch that allows you to view points of light representing real time searches rising from the surface of the globe toward space, color coded by language. Toggle and you can see traffic patterns for the entire Internet. Worth a trip to the second floor.
Google is a company like no other. Congratulations Google on ten great years!