HRM300-E2WW: Human Resources Management
Assignment 1-3: Best Places to Work
January 11, 2009
Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. Google is a public and profitable company focused on search services. Named for the mathematical term "googol," Google operates web sites at many international domains, with the most trafficked being www.google.com. Google is widely recognized as the "world's best search engine" because it is fast, accurate and easy to use. The company also serves corporate clients, including advertisers, content publishers and site managers with cost-effective advertising and a wide range of revenue generating search services (http://www.google.com/).
For the second year in a row Google, a 9 year old global technology service provider based in Mountain View, California, is the number one Best Company to Work For in America. According to their employees, this company has created a culture that is high on trust, low on politics, great at sharing resources and sharing the wealth, and full of meaning and significance (http://www.greatplacetowork.com/). One employee wrote that Google is by far the most dynamic and meaningful company I've worked at. The company founders are candid and accessible. Management processes are transparent. Promotions are determined by peer reviews. Engineering decisions are made by engineers. This is a company that is trying to make a difference in the world in all ways (http://www.greatplacetowork.com/).
Yet the more valuable message for everyone to take from Google comes from the culture that the company has created – a culture in which managers are seen as credible, employees are treated with respect and workplace policies and practices are implemented fairly. This culture has engendered a high level of cooperation among employees and across departments, and an intense commitment...