Google: Behind the Lava Lamp Glow

January 18, 2009

Smalltalk Tidbits, Industry Rants pointed me to Michael Arrington’s "Why Google Employees Quit". The write up here (assuming the documents are not spoofs) is an interesting glimpse of life inside the cubicles lit by lava lamps at Google. Some Googler provided Mr. Arrington with what are alleged to be articles about the Google’s drift toward big company management. Some of the themes are familiar: inefficiency and long decision cycles. For me the most interesting comment attributed to a Googler was:

I also left Google after only 5 months. As soon as I got inside, I had the feeling of being swallowed by a giant borg.

I think you will enjoy reading these snippets. Next time the New York Times or one of the other dead tree outfits begins a story with a reference to the fun atmosphere and free lunch, recall these posts. After a decade, the Google reality may replace the soft stage lighting that many pundits prefer to floodlights shining on Googzilla.

Stephen Arnold, January 18, 2009


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