The World According to Google

Google had nearly 39,000 staff at the end of the last quarter, a figure which is steadily growing. Shown here is the company’s data center.

It is Monday morning, and 150 “Nooglers” are gathered in a large room on Google’s campus in Mountain View, California.  Over the next few days the new starters – or “Nooglers” (for “new Googlers”) – will be drilled in the company’s mission to “organise the world’s information”, its history, and how, as “part of the Google family”, they must keep everything they are working on a secret.

Much has been written about the free food and the zany decor of Google’s HQ – the slide in reception, the treadmill desks, the sleep pods and the colourful bikes on which employees get around campus. Less well documented are the free dry-cleaning services, the complimentary buses to work, the on-site doctors, dentists and hairdressers.  The pay is also considerable. According to the jobs website Glassdoor, the average Googler – the company’s favourite term for its staff – receives US$110,000 a year, before share awards or bonuses. Even Google interns reportedly receive the equivalent of US$69,000 a year. And if an employee dies, his or her partner can collect half their salary for the following decade.

Read the entire article by Katherine Rushton in the New Zeland Herald at http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10894857

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