Saw this on Sydney Morning Herald yesterday -- Google named Australia's best place to work:
After its outstandingly successful parent company topped a 100 Best Places To Work survey conducted by the US magazine Fortune, Google Australia has claimed the No.1 spot in a similar Australian poll.
BRW, which conducted the study, said Google had created a legendary corporate culture of perks, fun, appreciation and reward for its staff.
I actually had a privilege to tour the new Googleplex in Pyrmont last Thursday for the Google Partners' Day. That was quite an experience. Read on to see what I have learnt on that day.
BLAH BLAH BLAH. <Silenced due to an NDA I have to sign with Google>.
Well. I guess I cannot actually say what I saw on the Google Partners Day, but just a few things in point forms (which I hope would not violate the terms in NDA):
Google Maps sucks (on that day). The Googleplex address on Google Maps was actually around 500 metres North-West along Pirrama Road than what it actually is. It has already been fixed now (thanks Google), but I was trying to navigate myself to there, relying on Google Maps on my Nokia E71, and ended up right in front of a parkland. Google Maps can't navigate me to Googleplex? Well, at least that was my excuse of being late on the day.
Great networking time that you have opportunity talking to other Australia publishers -- only if I was not that naive. Seriously, an engineer like me felt a bit out of place amongst the publishers, advertisers, agents, etc. I also skipped the after-event
drinkingnetworking time because I need to come back for MBF BST.
Still, I had a short chat with Guy & Bevan from Stateless Systems -- great guys.
Seven plastic guitars -- that's how many they have for Guitar Hero and Rock Band. Cool.
The best place to work in Australia, only if you are a single unattached geek who prefer marrying social life with work. Lots of freedom there. Lots of gadgets. Lots of social events as far as I can tell. Good food and good coffee machine. Moreover I am pretty sure you will be working with some of the best geeks in Australia over there.
However if you are married with kids, have a different life outside work, other commitments (church activities for example) -- I am not sure whether the Googler-style would be good.
Interestingly in the SMH article, top 5 of greatest places to work are all in Sydney. Maybe it tells us more about the city than those companies :)