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Google, an Unconventional Company: Here's Why

Work: I believe it should be a pleasure first of all. And I hope one day everyone will have the opportunity of choosing job of their dreams

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Google Headquarters, Mountain View

Google Headquarters, Mountain View

Google is surely one of the biggest companies in the world. It's famous search engine, the Android Platform, Gmail service, Maps, YouTube, Blogger and many other products are used every day by millions of people everywhere. A successful story, which not only started from a good idea (the primary concept of the search engine and the brilliant intuitions of Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the two founders), but which has also been continued because of a specific philosophy. This philosophy is called Google Culture and is something which stays behind every corporate activity. Google Culture rules the employees' lives and the entire company. In particular, I'd like to highlight how Google Culture determined a specific type of work environment: because by reading this hub, you will discover Google employees work in specific conditions, not common for a "typical company".

What Do You Think About Work and Companies?

In general, talking about work and companies, we often refer to some typical stereotypes:

  • Serious managers dressed with suit and tie, often working many hours a day and having a "life in the office";
  • Hard work with a boss who always spurs you to increase speed and productivity;
  • Relationships between colleagues are not always good, and you can find some unpleasant social climbers during your work life.

We can conclude work life is made by happy and sad moments, but also that, in general, there is a very serious environment inside offices. White and anonymous walls, PCs, paperworks... in general, not exactly the place an employee would like to show to his child!

The beautiful panorama you can see from Google Dublin's offices (in particular, from one of the canteens at the main floor). Beautiful panoramas, music, nice furniture... Google headquarters are a very pleasant place!

The beautiful panorama you can see from Google Dublin's offices (in particular, from one of the canteens at the main floor). Beautiful panoramas, music, nice furniture... Google headquarters are a very pleasant place!

Why Google is Different than Other Companies

Let's say an important thing: Google is not the only company who decided to be "unconventional", and we can say many other businesses based in the Silicon Valley (and even other types of companies) decided to follow this idea. Said that, if you visit a Google office, you will find a generally nice workplace: in addition, every Google's headquarter is equipped with a gym, many recreational rooms (we can also remember the famous "micro-kitchens", places from which an employee can freely take something to eat or drink at any time) and various nice places in which everyone can relax or elaborate some ideas useful for their work. In the offices you can find lava-lamps, rubber balls and, in general, nice objects you not always find in any other company. Google understands that a nice workplace and the best work conditions you can have are the first keys to the success: do you really think companies work better with stressed employees and the boss who shouts behind them? Yes, they will surely work (and many employees face the stress only because they often have to maintain a family, without necessarily liking their work and being motivated to do it well), but maintaining a good, nice and informal workplace surely motivates employees to put their best and their creativity in order to elaborate successful ideas.

The differences between a company like Google and many other companies. When talking about other companies I am only referring to a stereotype: so to the "typical company" you can see in a book or in a movie. Some companies adhere to this stereotype,

 GoogleThe common stereotype of a company

Places

Nice places, with funny attractions

White and anonymous offices

Relationships

They are not so much formal, and often newbies don't have particular problems when talking to a senior

Hierarchies may be very rigid

Creativity & Happiness At Work

They are part of the work: a happy employee, who is also able to express himself at any level is able to work better and with more serenity

If you are at workplace, the only thing you have to do is to... work, and with the maximum efficiency. Other things stay outside the workplace. And so the work may not be 'loved' by the employee, but it may be considered just as a 'hassle to carry' in order to have money

Google European Headquarters, Dublin

Google European Headquarters, Dublin

This also means there is a very good attitude to maintain good relationships between colleagues, and also between employees and senior figures: so for example, hierarchical relationships don't put limits or barriers between an employee and his boss. In addition, every idea produced by an employee, at any moment, may be discussed. Yes, we can happily think some successful Google solutions have been realized even from ideas elaborated by an employee while he was in queue at the canteen. In the Google's philosophy page you can find a complete description of what Google's corporate life means:

You can be serious without a suit.

Our founders built Google around the idea that work should be challenging, and the challenge should be fun. We believe that great, creative things are more likely to happen with the right company culture–and that doesn’t just mean lava lamps and rubber balls. There is an emphasis on team achievements and pride in individual accomplishments that contribute to our overall success.

We put great stock in our employees–energetic, passionate people from diverse backgrounds with creative approaches to work, play and life. Our atmosphere may be casual, but as new ideas emerge in a café line, at a team meeting or at the gym, they are traded, tested and put into practice with dizzying speed–and they may be the launch pad for a new project destined for worldwide use.

Maybe that's the reason why Google is a very successful company, as a good work environment is the first step to be efficient. And maybe, that's the reason why many people would like to work at Google, or in general, to have relationships with this modern and innovative company.

Google's Italian Offices, Milan (Italy). They are located in a modern building in Via Confalonieri.

Google's Italian Offices, Milan (Italy). They are located in a modern building in Via Confalonieri.

Quiz

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Who founded Google?
    • Bill Gates & Paul Allen
    • Larry Page & Sergey Brin
    • Steve Jobs & Steve Wozniak & Ronald Wayne
    • Pierre Omidyar
    • Jeff Bezos
  2. What is the conglomerate, parent company of Google?
    • Alphabet Inc.
    • Alexa Inc.
    • Blackstone Group
    • Blackrock
    • Prospect Capital Corporation
  3. Where do Google USA headquarters are based?
    • Palo Alto
    • New York
    • New Orleans
    • Mountain View
    • Cupertino
  4. These names designate a specific type of Google employee, except one. Which of these does not exist?
    • Googler, a Google employee
    • Noogler, a new Google employee
    • Gaygler, a Google employee belonging to LGBT community
    • Seygler, a senior Google employee
  5. Where do Google European headquarters are based?
    • Bruxelles
    • Dublin
    • Paris
    • Rome
    • Geneve

Answer Key

  1. Larry Page & Sergey Brin
  2. Alphabet Inc.
  3. Mountain View
  4. Seygler, a senior Google employee
  5. Dublin

And you, What do You Know About Google?

Try this quiz and discover how much do you know about one of the biggest companies of the world. For every question, there is only one correct answer. There are no prizes, just have fun and share the quiz with your friends!










Take a Virtual Trip at Google Ireland's Headquarters

Would you like to see a Google office? Take a look at this video of mine, showing photos taken at Google Ireland Offices. Of course you will not see workplaces, internal information or other confidential material.

© 2016 Alessio Ganci

Comments

Ross on May 11, 2020:

sounds great

Alessio Ganci (author) from Italy on June 20, 2016:

Happy to hear this. As a Google Top Contributor (I don't work for Google, we can say I "mediate" between Google and users when I help them on Google forums and social networks) I often travel and go to their headquarters for summits and meetups, and I can attest how beautiful they are, and how Google culture is really making a good workplace for these people.

jgshorebird on June 17, 2016:

Interesting. I learned a few things about Google.

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