When you see things first hand, they’re never as good as the hype.
Except for Google! Everything you’ve ever heard about their reputation for being a good work place, a crucible for innovation, and lots of energy … it’s all true. It was a very memorable experience. What we tend to tell people about the most is the food! Every building – and there are lots of them – has a cafeteria. But, you’ve never seen cafeteria food like this. I had stuffed portobello mushrooms with goat cheese and sundried tomatoes. Jim had savory roast chicken and couscous. I had dessert pastries to-die-for. We ate in the main building’s cafeteria with I’d guess at least 250 other people, all eating this gourmet fare.
Yep, if you work at Google, you eat free. So cool. And – you’re encouraged to exercise and play, and get massages! All at work, all for free or subsidized. The company puts it’s money where it’s mouth is when they say that happy, healthy employees are productive employees.
You get the distinct impression that all the employees want to do good. They want to make their bosses proud. Because I was on a panel the first day we were there – lots of people recognized us on the second day when we were at Google’s offices. They came up and shook our hands and said things like, “I’d really like to talk to you about an idea my team has …” Or, “We’d really like to know how you, and your customers, use our products.” The energy was just buzzing.
If we were 20 years younger – we’d be knocking on HR’s door – they call it People Operations. As it is, we kinda like what we do even more! But, we felt proud to be a part of the Google team even for a day! We made sure to stop by the store and get a couple of t-shirts!
The recording of the Picasa Webinar is supposed to be available by the end of this week. I’ll let you know a link then.