What goes on at the Google headquarters?
Who wants to be a Googler?
Google - one of the most visited sites in the world, if not the most visited site in the world - is not just a workplace to its employees or as they call themselves 'Googlers', it's a culture.
Both Sergey Brin and Larry Page have created one of the most unique teams of motivated and efficient employees that have made Google one of the most successful and profitable of U.S corporations. Buro 24/7 takes a look at what's behind their super success and employee satisfaction.
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Googlers do earn a good salary, although they are not ahead of their IT competitors. One would wonder what makes Google so attractive then - well first off, it's the legendary headquarters, Googleplex, located in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, in the town of Mountain View.
The Googleplex territory is so vast that most of the Mountain View land belongs to the mega company. Tons of buildings in the area are occupied by thousands of Google employees that control the corporation. "We are doing everything in our power for Googlers to have the most comfortable working experience. Believe me, it allows for outstanding results when our employees are happy," says Laszlo Bock, Senior vice President of Google HR.
Googleplex houses over 30 cafes and restaurants that are open daily and free to employees. They also enjoy the free services of on site doctors, varying from your general practitioner to massage therapists and nutritionists. Googlers can even have most of their medical examinations done on site - instead of having to deal with insurance companies, Google would rather deal with these costs themselves.
The mega complex also includes a 4-hour fitness centre, tennis courts, football fields and several beauty salons that are all free to its employees. The employees also benefit from great packages "The company offers packages that will best meet the employees needs as well as their loved ones - whether its caring for their elderly parents, or for their children or grandchildren," continues Laszlo Bock.
If this didn't sounds like enough, Google has its own park with electric bikes available to everyone called the GBike - created back in 2007 specifically for Google. Now in 2013, it has been updated several times, and the Gbike park houses over 1,000 green, yellow, red and blue bikes for all to enjoy.
The co-owners of Google are both owners of the hybrid car Prius - which is in tern the most preferred car for most Google employees. The eco-friendly and economically sound Japanese vehicle will cost all of them $5,000 less as Google offers a cash incentive to their Googlers if they decide to purchase one of the hybrid cars. "To live in California without a vehicle is very difficult. I was previously driving an old Chevrolet, until I moved to a new generation Prius Hybrid with the help from Google," says Google Sales Manager, Eric.
With over 70 offices worldwide, Google offices use only eco friendly materials and really believe in sustainable culture as part of their company's philosophy. Google has become the birthplace of innovation, and creativity - creating an enormous family of accomplished, successful and happy employees.
A Google hot spot: the meadows outside the Android office - the operating system of Google. In the garden lie giant sweets - each sweet sculpture is placed in the grass on the launch day of a new version of the system.
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The warm California climate allows for employees to grow their own vegetables and fruits in the Googleplex:
Restaurants free to the Google employees:
Google cars map out the road for Google Street Views - for a virtual tour of different corners of the planet: