Working Culture in GOOGLE(

Best Companies To Work For 2011: One Google moment a day is what employees of world’s top search engine strive for

A good place to work is no accident but Googlers are allowed to slip now and then. It is part of the ‘Googliness’ that all employees must have in their DNA. A lump of risk appetite, more than a dash of innovative spirit, a fistful of adaptability and loads of affability make for this heady concoction. A note of caution-even a pinch of bureaucracy would ruin it.

“Failure is encouraged here,” software engineer Deepak Raghuwanshi says. He recounted that learnings from misses in product development to bad canteen food are taken up with equal amount of participation. “It feels like working in a start-up where there are no boundaries and the mission is to have one Google moment a day,” says Rajan Anandan, VP, India Sales & Operations.

One such moment for Keerthana Mohan was during the diversity week at Google. While India Inc . scrambles to meet gender diversity, Google had its heads talk about sexual diversity. Mohan, the Diversity and Talent Inclusion Programmes Manager, APAC, says there is a cultivated approach to reach every age group, and therefore, ‘Greyglers’, an initiative taken to retain employees over a certain age and not just hanker after the young.

Theatre workshops are held to speak about race/caste/gender bias practiced in the subtlest manner. “We are obsessed with the user,” says Kiran Bapna, Senior Manager, New Business Development.

She was unsure if she could continue working after bearing twins but was asked to set her own pace. That they are not a manufacturing line churning out white goods has been made clear on Friday meetings held across all Google offices globally.

The recruitment process ensures that a new joinee, or ‘Noogler’, is brought into the folds of the company right from day zero.

They have their desk ready along with a cubicle warming party thrown just for them the day they join.

The bottom-up approach is made clear to such Nooglers who are encouraged to ask questions and told that they have no specific KRAs or managers breathing down their neck.

“It was very different to be allowed to work in any team you want, ask for role changes, which may stretch to other geographies,” says Raghuvanshi.

Freedom comes at a price. So the time taken to bring people on board is lengthy. The candidate is interviewed by different group heads, peers and even by his direct reportees.

The recruitment process is being shortened and the task is to think local and go beyond search, says Sunil Malik, HR head of Google India.

Hiring techniques, like ‘white board’ and ‘smorgasboard’, help the company lap up the most suited, who may not be necessarily the most intelligent. “The well-rounded and adaptable ones are more welcome than those who may be experts but cannot work in a team,” he says.


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