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Ever wondered what it would be like to work in the bosom of a warm, cuddly company for which making money is incidental to saving/taking over the world? A place so magical and mysterious that it has been nicknamed The Chocolate Factory after Roald Dahl's immortal creation? Well, wonder no more, as Mountain View has chosen to …

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What a waste

That is all.

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WTF?

Re: What a waste

Of?...

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Bleedin' elf'n'safety

For once I think they should have a word... all that lounging around whilst tapping away on laptops must be chiropractor's wet dream. By the time these kids reach 30 Google will have either assimilated their brains directly, or disappeared.

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The bastards stole the puddings

I'm still sad, having read that Google's CEO hid the pudding in a different room to the rest of the dinner. I have this mental image of Page, sitting in a huge room, with a mountain of yummy puddings, all to himself...

I don't get this open plan, 'relaxing', working environment though. Surely the most productive way to work, is to have a dedicated desk, with room for all the pens, phones, pads, files/manuals and other crap you want. Plus 2 or 3 screens and a proper keyboard and mouse. And no hot-desking, so you have to clean everything up every day.

I'm not advocating drowning in reams of paper. But my technical file is 3" thick. Sure I've got all the various datasheets on the computer, but when it comes to selecting the right product, while on the phone with the customer, my fat file o' stuff comes out top every time. I still prefer a paper manual as well, but that may be different for coders.

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Re: The bastards stole the puddings

It would be, but you’d still have to clear a lot of it away to comply with the security clear desk policy. Back in the Dark Ages when my dad still worked his desk was like a bureau. At the end of each day he would pull the cover over his work, pens, (days long before computers) and whatever, locked it and left. Now I have to file everything (read – dump in a drawer), unplug all the electrics, clear the desk down, even if I am to return to the same spot the next day. So half an hour wasted every morning and evening. Ho-hum, you can’t stop progress.

It’s a bit like open-plan and hot-desking. Seems it makes me more productive to be in a noisy area with a half chance of getting a desk (whether booked or not), but my superiors work better with a permanent desk. In an office.

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Re: The bastards stole the puddings

My 'tidying down' policy consists of windows+L and leaving via the nearest exit.

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@!Sparticus.

If that's true, Page should be careful. He might get stuck in the chocolate pipe that leads to the 'Fudge Room'.

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To hell with the office.

I'd like to see inside the homes of those Google employees.

(And surely so would they, now and then.)

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Re: To hell with the office.

How about this one? A LAN-party optimised house: http://kentonsprojects.blogspot.com/2011/12/lan-party-optimized-house.html

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Re: To hell with the office.

I'd like to see the women's showers with Marissa Meyer in there.

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Re: To hell with the office.

"depending on the team, the work, personal preference, etc"

Personal preference i.e. think taht being seen with a MAC makes them cool!

Oh how you are mistaken!

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"Personal preference i.e. think taht being seen with a MAC makes them cool!"

But an inability to correctly type 3 and 4 letters words does?

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Re: Re: To hell with the office.

"Just to look cool"? Seriousley?

I use a Mac at work, and at home, and the reasons for doing so couldnt be further from trying to look cool. Its purely functional. OS X is a very unixey OS under the hood (having its roots in BSD, afterall), but without needing to look after it like a regular *nix box. It also looks nicer than Windows IMO, its refeshing. :-)

For me, that is what counts. I work in a technical environment (telecommunications, specifically networking and IP), and the in-the-box utilities that come with OS X and many other *nixes are simply better than those on Windows - but thats entirely from the point of view of my particular job. For others they may be perfectly fine.

Sure I could just use Ubuntu or one of the many other more so user friendly *nix distros, but Ive also grown to like OS X and have a good selection of software that I am familiar with, and TBH Im just happy right where I am - thats the preference bit coming into play.

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I wish I was...

...smart/committed enough to work at Google.

But here I am, commenting on El Reg.

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Re: I wish I was...

I hear they keep staff for that too, so you still have a chance.

Email google HR with subject "astroturfing offer". Tell them Ken sent you.

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Re: Re: I wish I was...

See? It's 25c per downvote too.

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Seems a replica of a University campus from which - in their minds - they probably never left anyway.

However without the jock types there's no one around to use the sports facilities.

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could be worse

You could have to work in a Facebook factory: http://www.siliconvalley.com/news/ci_19217500

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Meh

Could be worse still.

You could be _making_ their trendy apples and lappys!

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Putting green? With half a dozen holes?

If I worked at Google I'd want a full-size 18 hole course thank-you-very-much.

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It looks like a rendering.

I guess the employees cannot find the putting green (nor the basketball courts), because they're just architects' renderings...

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Re: It looks like a rendering.

Yep, my thought too.

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No wonder it's all empty

Googlers have been deserting the company since 2009...

http://techcrunch.com/2009/01/18/why-google-employees-quit/

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Shock horror expose!

Lid blown off fatuous lifestyle of tedious Bay Area hipster pseudo-techies in an article by...

... Techcrunch.

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Anonymous Coward

Seems about right, spend all day updating your Twatter feed or your Facebook status, get sod all done! More so if you're lounging around on bean-bags with your Macbook like a bunch of bone-idle sixth formers!

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Offices

American companies often provide palatial office environments but what people really want is to enjoy their work and feel valued. A great job in a grotty office is much better than being a nobody in Herman Miller heaven.

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Where are the employees?

From the photos it looks like most of them sit in the canteen all day.

That's the kind of work I could really put 110% into, I think.

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Re: Where are the employees?

When I was last job-hunting, I saw an advert for biscuit taster, for United Biscuits. Sadly it was only part time, so I didn't apply. But I suppose I should have. I'd have been 'poor but happy'...

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Re: Re: Where are the employees?

you think that now, but bear in mind that the double choc-chips of this world don't really need any more taste testing. everyone knows they're good. you'd probably have been working on the edgy, experimental zucchini-and-jalapeno side of the cookie development business.

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Zucchini and jalapeno cookies...

You have a sick mind! You must have, to even have though of that. You've trampled on my dreams.

[runs off sobbing]

You may have a good point though. I've seen some pretty icky snacks recently. I had some garlic flavoured lemonade when I was in Austria a couple of years ago. If you're interested it doesn't taste quite as bad as it sounds...

However I saw an advert on TV for a biscuit where they've put the layer of chocolate on the inside, so you can dunk it without ruining your tea. Also you can avoid getting chocolatey fingers. Now that's innovation of the highest quality, and the sort of thing that's going to get our economy back on track. And I would have been honoured, no humbled, to help with the testing of such a groundbreaking invention.

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Re cafeteria pic

What is the guy with glasses sniffin' in?!

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Carefully constructed traps

I distrust companies that put toys and games into their offices. It makes the place look employee-friendly when you're being interviewed, but I always suspected that the real reason they were there to provide easy grounds for dismissal ("... and here you are again on CCTV, playing pool while the project slips").

Personally, I favour the Germanic model: A workplace is for work, not recreation. Social activities happen outside work.

On open-plan offices, there's a lot of research to back up "I ain't Spartacus" above: it would appear that while creative people think they need to talk to each other and brainstorm, the creative *work* they do actually improves if they're given isolation, peace and quiet. Creativity requires concentration, and interruptions can destroy this so easily.

(I read about one worker who had to resorted to using the broom cupboard when they had to produce anything important, because it was the only secluded space free in the company's brand-new open-plan "creative space").

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"Creativity requires concentration, and interruptions can destroy this so easily."

Would someone please tell my wife this so that she'll stop calling me at work five times a day? Apparently it's meaningless coming from me.

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My favourite comment

https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/104898479113219628100/albums/5708663721118034737/5708663818866980802

Second comment

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So - what do the El Reg offices look like?

Would be an interesting comparison....:)

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Re: So - what do the El Reg offices look like?

Great call, come on Vultures, show us what's under your feathers!

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Re: So - what do the El Reg offices look like?

Thirded! Vulture Central candids!

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Please don't!

Would spoil my post-apocalyptical mental image of it.

If needs must then get Terry Gilliam to do it.

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Re: So - what do the El Reg offices look like?

A pub.

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That looks

really ordinary.

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the chubby embearded fellow...

...is clearly not working on a macbook.

el reg, el reg.... where are your journalistic standards headed?! No longer even looking at the photos you're writing about?

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Re: the chubby embearded fellow...

Actually the only other chubby bloke in that photo also has a red laptop of some non- description, maybe a Dell.

Must be a trend amongst chubby folk then.

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It is official

Dear google

You may employ me if you wish.

But! The risk are yours?

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Re: It is official

Get in touch when your learn how to write

Yours sincerely,

Google

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That's not a window

At first glance I thought the cafeteria had a huge window looking out into the woodland but then saw the real (small) window to the left.

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Re: That's not a window

I didn't quite think that. I thought, why have they got a photo of trees on the wall, when it looks like there are trees outside anyway.

Then I remembered, they can't control the weather and seasons. Yet.

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I blame the mothers!

Oy! You!

Get those dirty boots off the cushions!

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SGI buildings 40-43

The cafeteria looked better when it was part of MIPS/SGI campus and was called Cafe Ozone.

It cost almost nothing to eat and the quality of the food was exceptionally.

SGI sold the buildings to a joint venture firm for around $800mill and leased it back. It financed the company deficit for years.

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photo quality

those photos are a bit poor.

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Could be any large IT Multinational.

OOOH... AAAAH... Colors and games.

Whats new here? Anyone seen inside Microsoft campus? Microsoft India has basketball courts, tennis courts, a GIANT pond, games rooms etc.

I can only guess what is in Redmond HQ.

Even the small Subs like in Ireland have nice gardens, games rooms good canteens, relaxation areas etc.

All giant Multinational IT companies have the same set up.

This does nothing but prove Google are another giant evil corporation pretending to be "cool" and "hip" and able to "dig it" with the youths. Yeah man (said the way your mum would say "yeah Man"!)

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