Google Company Culture
Google has come a long way since Brin and Page networked a few computers at Stanford. The company now employs nearly 100,000 people around the world. Brin and Page are still very much involved with the operation. Brin is the president of parent company Alphabet; Page is the CEO.
In 2018, Google had almost $137 billion in revenue. Alphabet's stock is listed in NASDAQ as GOOG; its market cap, in mid 2019, stood at more than $785 billion [source: Google Finance].
Google's headquarters are in Mountain View, California. Google cheekily calls its Bay Area campus the Googleplex, a combination of the words "Google" and "complex" and a play on the term googolplex: the numeral 1 followed by a googol of zeroes. Life at the Googleplex is pretty sweet. Here's a small list of the amenities to be found there:
- Several café stations where employees can gather to eat free food and have conversations
- Snack rooms stocked with goodies ranging from candy to healthy foods like carrots and yogurt
- Exercise rooms
- Game rooms with video games, foosball, pool tables and ping-pong
In addition, Google employees receive a comprehensive benefits package that includes not only medical and dental coverage but a host of other services. These include tuition reimbursement, a child care center, adoption assistance services, an on-site doctor, financial planning classes and lots of opportunities to gather with coworkers at special corporate events.
Google's philosophy also places a premium on nonprofit work. The company recently committed to providing $1 billion in grants and a million employee hours to nonprofits that use technology in solving global problems.
As one of the most dominant forces on the internet, Google stands by its mission "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful" [source: Google]. With a goal that lofty, it's a good bet that the people behind Google feel their work is just beginning.
To learn more about Google and other related topics, check out the links below.
More Great Links
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- A Promotion Guide. "Ranking high at Google." http://www.apromotionguide.com/google.html
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