Friday, October 10, 2008

Going Green with GOOGLE

A little more than a decade ago, Google was just an internet startup in an office garage. Today, it has 50 offices globally and has more than 12,000 employees.

Wow! Legoland!

For the second straight year, it took the top spot in Fortune's 100 best companies to work for list.

Colorful umbrellas to get you inspired

Click "Read More" to find out what giant Google is cooking behind their search engine business.

What's fueling this growth? Employees say:

a) Flexibility
b) Financial Security
c) And the opportunity to get things done

Beavers standing on one part of 1.6 Megawatt solar installation as a tangible legacy to Google's green strategy

Robyn Beavers was one of the assistants to the two co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin (first syllable of the first name is pronounced as "Sir" and second is pronounced as "Gay") when it first started in 2004.

Beavers says, "One of the greatest things about Google is it always encourages its employees to try new things."

In 2005, she went up to Larry and Sergey and proposed a so called green strategy group. Being someone (Robyn Beavers) who directly reports to them, it would be very inconvenient if they lose her to another project. But, she said, they were very supportive of her idea.

Reminds me of our cafeteria

Mobility is not a problem for employees. Google allows them to spend 20% (1 work day) of their billable time on a project of their choice.

This I want at work!

She concluded, "I've talked a lot of people at Google, and they found that once they started here, they learn so much about the company. And there are so many opportunities. And they're encouraged to seize them. So it's easy to start at one job (or opportunity inside Google). Work really hard on it for a couple of years and then find another opportunity to pursue."

Laundry anyone?

Source: cnnmoney.com via Work in Progress

Hey, we're an expert in other too! Like for example, "Other than that, we want this too!" Haha.

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