The Googleplex, Mountain View
Today everyone is thinking about their jobs, how not to lose them, or where to work next. So lets take a look at Google, which over a number of years, has been voted the country's "Best Company to Work For" and see what makes it so special. The 26-acre Google Campus, or Googleplex, is made up of four core buildings with more than a half million square feet and 6,500 U.S. employees. The Googleplex has the feel of an exclusive college campus but is harder to get into - Google gets 1,300 resumes a day.

Once in, Google offers many perks to its employees, the Googleplex features 11 free gourmet cafeterias; on-site activities as varied as indoor rock climbing, beach volleyball, and swimming; roller hockey twice a week in the parking lot; massage chairs; annual ski and scuba trips; oh, and your dog is welcome at work.

But the perks don't end at food and recreation, Google employees get $1,000 toward the purchase of a hybrid or electric car, free shuttle service, an on-site doctor, financial planning classes, adoption services, personal free employee concierge service, up to $12K in tuition reimbursement, and free on-site haircuts.

In October of last year, citing changing economic conditions, Google announced it was scaling back the free gourmet food options available in its free cafeterias. The growth and impact of Google ($96.5 billion market cap) is amazing for a company barely ten years old. Co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin incorporated Google in 1998 using a series of inexpensive, interconnected PCs to process the many search requests. The original Google production server is shown here.

Before it was 'Google', what was their first search engine nicknamed?


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Blogger Tomate Farcie said...

The perks are cool but these guys work hard! Great pic of that server rack . I wonder what the current system looks like! :)

7:38 PM  
Blogger dutchbaby said...

It's hard to believe that Google's only been around for ten years. Great trivia question!

9:54 AM  

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