Google: Ranked Best Employer; CEO Says to Apple 'How's thermonuclear war working?'

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We have some interesting Google news this morning. First up, Fortune magazine ranked the top 100 companies to work for, and Google is in the number one spot on that list for the fourth year in a row. Interestingly, Apple is not even in the top 100. Here's Fortune's reasoning why Google continues to hold the crown,

“The Internet juggernaut takes the Best Companies crown for the fourth time, and not just for the 100,000 hours of subsidized massages it doled out in 2012. New this year are three wellness centers and a seven-acre sports complex, which includes a roller hockey rink; courts for basketball, bocce, and shuffle ball; and horseshoe pits,” Fortune explains. ~ Fortune

Our second bit of news comes from Google's top dog himself, Larry Page. In our title above we slightly paraphrased his statement. In an interview with Wired magazine, the Google CEO and co-founder responded to questions regarding the late Steve Jobs' and Apple's thermonuclear war against Android. His full response was, “How well is that working?” Here's a quote with the exchange that was this part of the interview,

Wired: Steve Jobs felt competitive enough to claim that he was willing to “go to thermonuclear war” on Android.

Page: How well is that working?

Wired: Do you think that Android’s huge lead in market share is decisive?

Page: Android has been very successful, and we’re very excited about it.

Wired: Did you envision that kind of success when you bought Andy Rubin’s small company in 2005?

Page: We have a good ability to see what’s possible and not be impeded by the status quo. At the time we bought Android, it was pretty obvious that the existing mobile operating systems were terrible. You couldn’t write software for them. Compare that to what we have now. So I don’t think that betting on Android was that big a stretch. You just had to have the conviction to make a long-term investment and to believe that things could be a lot better. ~ Wired

It's probably not surprising to see him respond this way. For the most part, Apple's legal war against "practically everyone" has done nothing useful except stifle creativity and slow innovation, and Page is simply implying the results have been useless.
 

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Get it Google!

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I'm sad because as a Chemical engineer and material scientist, I don't have an opportunity to work at Google, since I don't develop software.
But way to go, I just hope they get bigger and win again next year.
 

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FWIW, all of those nice bennies that Google offers (i.e. massages, dental work, laundry, free meals in the company cafeterias, etc.) are only available if you work at Google's Mountain View headquarters campus. If you're working at Google's NY offices, or any of the other offices Google has through the country or in other countries, you may not get the same perks.
 

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FWIW, all of those nice bennies that Google offers (i.e. massages, dental work, laundry, free meals in the company cafeterias, etc.) are only available if you work at Google's Mountain View headquarters campus. If you're working at Google's NY offices, or any of the other offices Google has through the country or in other countries, you may not get the same perks.

Watch this then! >>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rWlHtvZHbZ8

They might not be the exact same perks, but they are all still pretty good! :p
 

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Watch this then! >>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rWlHtvZHbZ8

They might not be the exact same perks, but they are all still pretty good! :p

That video talks about the perks at their headquarters. The main idea of the perks is that they make it easier for the employees so they don't need to leave work to take care of things like eating, doctor or dentist visits, doing laundry, etc. so they can stay at their desks and keep working. :p

Back in the 90's when the tech industry was booming and stock prices made many tech employees millionaires, perks like this was commonplace in Silicon Valley. When the tech bubble burst, a lot of these perks went away. If you recall there was that dark period when John Sculley was ousted from Apple and Steve Jobs was brought back and Apple nearly went under until Bill Gates and Microsoft gave Apple an infusion of cash to get them going. Money was so tight for Apple at the time that if anyone at Apple needed to send something by Fedex, they actually needed to get upper management approval.
 

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That video talks about the perks at their headquarters. The main idea of the perks is that they make it easier for the employees so they don't need to leave work to take care of things like eating, doctor or dentist visits, doing laundry, etc. so they can stay at their desks and keep working. :p

Back in the 90's when the tech industry was booming and stock prices made many tech employees millionaires, perks like this was commonplace in Silicon Valley. When the tech bubble burst, a lot of these perks went away. If you recall there was that dark period when John Sculley was ousted from Apple and Steve Jobs was brought back and Apple nearly went under until Bill Gates and Microsoft gave Apple an infusion of cash to get them going. Money was so tight for Apple at the time that if anyone at Apple needed to send something by Fedex, they actually needed to get upper management approval.

Did you really watch the whole video? :p At the end of the video, it does show other Google offices and the perks they have there. They might not be as extreme or as many like at the main headquarters, but they do still get perks. Also, I'm pretty sure food and health benefits are pretty common for all Google offices.
 
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