Fortune magazine named Google the best of the 100 best companies to work for, and there is a little doubt why? Among the benefits it offers are free shuttles equipped with WI-FI to pick up and drop off employees from san Francisco Bay area locations, unlimited sick days, annual all-expense- paid ski trips, free gourmet meals, five on-site free doctors, $ 2,000 bonuses for referring a new hire, free flu shots, a giant lap pool, on-site oil changes, on-site car washes, volleyball courts, TGIF parties, free on-site washers and dryers ( with free detergent), ping-pong and foosball tables, and free famous people lectures, for ,many people, it’s the gourmet meals and snacks that make Google stand out. For example, human resources director Stacey Sullivan loves the Irish oatmeal with fresh berries at the company’s Plymouth Rock café, near Google’s “ people operations” group, “ I sometimes dream about it” she says. Engineer Jan fizpatrick loves the raw bar at Google’s Tapis restaurant, down the road on the Google campus. Then of course, there are the stock options-each new employee gets about 1,200 options to buy Google shares (recently worth about $480 per share). In fact, dozens of early Google employees ( “ Googlers”) are already multimillionaires thanks to Google stock. The recession that began around 2008 did prompt Google and other firms to cut back on some of these benefits ( cafeteria hours are shorter today. for instance). But Google still pretty much leads the benefits pack. For their part, Googlers share certain traits. They tend to be brilliant, team oriented (teamwork is the norm, especially for big projects), and driven. Fortune describes them as people which “almost university “ see themselves as the most interesting people on the planet, and who are happy-go-lucky on the outside, but type a-highly intense and goal directed-on the inside. They’re also super-hardworking (which makes sense, since it’s not unusual for engineers to be in the hallways...
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