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Claim: Photographs show amenities provided to employees at the offices of Google.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, June 2008]
Origins: In recent years employers seeking to attract and retain top-notch personnel have begun providing workplaces tailored to their employees' convenience and lifestyles, offering such amenities as facilities for day care, exercise and recreation,
Free cafeteria food, annual ski trips to the Sierra and free laundry are just some of the fringe benefits of working at Google. Getting hired is the trick.The above-displayed photographs represent some of the amenities available to employees at the offices of Google's European Engineering Center in Zurich, Switzerland:
Every month, aspiring workers deluge the popular Mountain View search engine with up to 150,000 resumes, equivalent to a stack of paper at least
As one of Silicon Valley's hottest companies, Google has become a beacon for job seekers. In just a few short years, the interest has helped the company amass an arsenal of what is arguably among the world's top technology minds.
To lure workers, Google offers perks, including free cafeteria meals, free use of laundry machines, a child care center, a free annual one-night ski trip (resort destinations vary depending on office location), dog-friendly offices and an on-site doctor. Engineers can devote
If your ideal workspace includes a slide, a games room, a 'chill-out' aquarium and plenty of free food then you had better get your CV into Google.Additional views of Google's Zurich offices can be viewed in the photo galleries here and here, as well as in the following video clips:
Dotcom companies were defined by beanbags and pizza but Google,
Meeting 'pods' in the style of Swiss chalets and igloos, fireman poles to allow easy access between floors and a slide to ensure that people can get to the cafeteria as quickly as possible are all part of a design of its new European engineering headquarters in Zurich Switzerland.
The building was designed for — and partly by — the
The wacky office is both a showcase for Google's unconventional approach to business and a symbol to prove that Google is no longer a US-centric firm.
Engineers work in small teams of three or four, which is reflected at the Zurich HQ with small offices, each of which comes with the requisite 'bean bag' meeting room.
Whiteboards are everywhere, allowing ideas to be written down wherever they are thought up and there is a heavy emphasis on the idea that work and play can
Other areas include a games room, a library in the style of an English country house and an aquarium where over-worked Googlers can lie in a bath full of red foam and stare at fish.
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