Google: Maturing More Quickly
November 14, 2008
Nicholas Carlson at Silicon Alley Insider has an interesting story about Google. The article “Google Finally Starts Firing Slackers” is here. Mr. Carlson explains that Google is taking a closer look at employee productivity. He writes, “You can’t slack off and expect to keep your job anymore”, which is a statement provided to Mr. Carlson by a reader. Mr. Carlson’s information dovetails with some comments I have heard. For example, some of the Googlers making sales calls are showing a bit more intensity recently. If these indications are accurate, Google may be maturing more quickly. And if not exactly acting like a Fortune 50 company, the firm is responding to the changing economic environment. Google may not winnow the bottom 10 percent of its work force the way some executives do, but change may be rippling through the GOOG. The next round of financial reports will be quite interesting.
Stephen Arnold, November 14, 2008