Google sometimes receives praise for the quality of its workplace. I believe much of the praise is too generous and the stellar quality of work life at Google bordering on ridiculous exaggeration. Google is known to give generous perks, but that’s only because it knows it has to do that to keep talent and pacify employees. Top executives at Google have admitted to the fact that they are willing to spend money on things like hiring chefs to cook meals for employees because it means employees can be at their desks longer and not leave the Google campus to retrieve food.
Despite Google’s efforts to indulge its employees while simultaneously working them like dogs, many have left the company to work for Facebook, Apple, and to start their own companies. There is a growing brain drain at Google and it seems like the fake oasis they built is losing its hypnotic appeal on keeping employees in their place.
This recent Gilbert cartoon from December got me laughing hard. As some of you may already know, the mainstream media loved to report on how Google allowed employees to use 20% of their time to do whatever they desired. Well, a Dilbert cartoon decided to mock Google on that: