I have been in love with Google for a number of years and of late, this love has turned into a case of obsession.
My incessant researching, investigating and stalking has equipped me with a wealth of knowledge about the company and led me to the conclusion that I would like to work there, someday (soon).
Google isn’t your conventional company. They are growing by the minute yet still possess that small-company feel, which many of us crave at our respective corporations. Their employees tend not to feel like corporate slaves – on the contrary, they feel like their opinion matters in important decisions. According to their website, Google provides individually-tailored compensation packages that can be comprised of competitive salary, bonus, and equity components, along with the opportunities to earn further financial bonuses and rewards. Brilliant! Furthermore, they have offices all over the globe with small focused teams and high energy environment, giving you the opportunity to travel as well.
Google’s founders often state that the company is not serious about anything but search. They built a company around the idea that work should be challenging and the challenge should be fun. Till this day, they have stuck to this commitment. To that end, Google’s culture is unlike any in corporate America, and it’s not because of the funky lava lamps and large rubber balls, or the fact that one of the company’s chefs used to work at the Grateful Dead. It’s a lot more than that and Google has a lot more to offer than you can imagine. One of my favorite Google quotes is that “in the same way Google puts users first when it comes to online services, Google puts employees first when it comes to daily life in its offices.”
Adwords is Google’s flagship advertising product and main source of revenue. Have you ever noticed how Google’s text ads are short, have only one title line, and are discretely placed on the side? I think it’s brilliant that it’s not in your face and annoying when compared to other irritating websites. Advertisers specify the words that should trigger the ads and the maximum amount they are willing to “pay per click” and the order of the listings depends on other advertisers’ bids and quality score determined by Google. Since ads aren’t distracting, the user remains focused and interested.
As Eric Schmidet, the CEO of Google once said – “The goal is to strip away everything that gets in our employees’ way. We provide a standard package of fringe benefits, but on top of that are first-class dining facilities, gyms, laundry rooms, massage rooms, haircuts, carwashes, dry cleaning, commuting buses – just about anything a hardworking employee might want. Let’s face it: programmers want to program, they don’t want to do their laundry. So we make it easy for them to do both.”
With my background and experience, I see myself working in sales, business development, or account management for the company. I guess I will have to be patient until the economic climate settles down before filling out applications again. Apparently, they only interview and consider employees from the top 10 universities but I’m hoping they do make exceptions. If not Google, then there are a ton of amazing marketing & advertising companies I’m keen on joining and am in discussion with as well.
There you go, folks! My professional aspirations laid out on the table for you. What are yours?