Posted by Paul Kinzer, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Jul 22, 2007 at 2:15 pm
Neighborhood: San Antonio Road; Palo Alto/Mountain View line.
Comment: I am glad that Google has done so well. Many of the buildings now in use by Google were vacant as recently as a year ago. Check out the former Mayfield Mall site. It's spooky. My specific comment is I feel that Google is guilty of rampant age discrimination. Google workers I've seen around town all appear to be in a 24 to 32 age bracket. I challenge them to furnish names of even ten Google workers who are over forty. Cordially, Paul Kinzer
Posted by People, a resident of another community, on Jul 24, 2007 at 11:10 am
Google has many employees who are over the "24 - 32 age bracket." I've worked at Google before and it's a very diverse place to work. The environment and coporate culture is unlike any other company I've worked for, and it's not a good thing. It almost feels as though you have to be part of a special clique and that if you don't fit that clique you're quickly removed. I just think it's funny that they have this "Do no evil" motto yet there are coutless examples of Google's unethical business practices. It's not that they mean to be that way, it's just that today's US business model facilitates that sort of behavior.
Posted by TBerk, a resident of another community, on Jul 24, 2007 at 2:46 pm
I just had a phone call (the called hung up before I could pick up the phone.)
When i called the number right back I had someone answer who identified themselves as 'Google asgh;rthj;o' (The last part was unintelligible.)
After trying to get her to repeat herself a few times I came to understand that the person I was talking to hadn’t actually called ME but “someone else in our office must have dialed your number”…).
It seems I may have missed my window of Google Opportunity.
As regards the office space issue, I have worked for some major companies in the Bay Area (Cisco ring a bell?) and Google seems like a cautionary tale in the making; how much growth is enough? For the community or the company? Is all money Good Money?
(Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t mind working there.)
Posted by Jaydub, a resident of the North Whisman neighborhood, on Jul 25, 2007 at 7:59 pm
I know several people who work there. A drive thru campus at lunch time could easily cause one to think they do discriminate by age. Google employs a lot of 20-something engineers. Unfortunately, most have very little social maturity, no other work experience, and a lot of arrogance. The hiring methodology has to change to a focus on people with real world experience and people management. Google will not be able to continue it's success without a change in how they hire/manage people.
Posted by steve, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Jul 27, 2007 at 3:29 pm
I'm curious how many of the Google-bashers on this post use Google's search engine and other technology services to enhance their own lives? (Many services which are provided at no charge, I might add.) Sure there is a downside with every upside, but for a company that has brought life back into the long-depressed silcion valley, they should be applauded. Plus, when these Google-bashers are ready to sell their home to proudly cash in on this rare opportunity for Mountain View homeowners, are they going to refuse an offer from a 24-year-old Google employee. I bet not.
Go Google! (and thanks for the free WiFi that is saving me from having to pay to Comcast $100 each month)