Google – The Best Place to Work in 2007

Recently Fortune released the “100 Best Places to Work in 2007,” and the Internet giant Google topped the list. Google has consistently been one of the top places to work over the years because the company tries to make their offices as “employee-friendly” as possible. Here’s a short list of the perks of being a Google employee.

Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California has 11 gourmet cafeterias that serve the employees FREE meals.
Additionally the office has several snack rooms that are stocked with cereal, candy, nuts, yogurt, carrots, fresh fruit, dozens of different drinks including soda, and the best cappuccino and coffee.

Every day Google provides shuttle-bus transportation from area train stations and nearby residential locations for its workers. However, if an employee wants to drive to work they can utilize the onsite car washes or oil change centers. Once the workers have arrived to the office they can motor the office campus on personal scooters.

Google employees don’t have to worry about leaving work early to complete daily errands because their offices are equipped with almost everything they need. Workers can bring their children for daycare, do laundry, drop off dry cleaning, workout in fully equipped gyms, get a haircut, and receive doctor checkups. The Google campus is a pet-friendly facility, and dogs are allowed. And if you want to stay around the office and hang out with other employees you can play billiards, rock climb, or take languages classes.

As if a fully equipped office wasn’t enough Google also rewards its employees with cash bonuses, vacations, spa-treatments, and stock options (currently a share of Google stock costs most than $480). For example, if you drive an environmentally friendly car to work the company will pay you $5,000 for you trouble or if you recruit a friend to work for the company you can get a $2,000 bonus.

Thinking about getting a job at Google? Don’t hold your breath – Google gets 1,300 résumés a day. Hopefully other companies will take notice and design offices that allow employees to live, work, and play.


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