In 2008, Google accomplished a rare feat among companies in any industry. Perched in Fortune magazine's lofty ranks of the top five most admired companies in America, Google also ranked among the top five of the magazine's best companies to work for. Millions of people around the world used Google's search engine daily, and ad revenues streamed in at an astonishing rate. The company's mountain View, California, headquarters took on almost mythical status, tempting many business observers to assume that lavish perks led to employee's outstanding performance.
Media accounts made the ten year old Internet powerhouse seem like an employee's paradise, albeit one that relied on fabulous wealth. World-class chefs served up three free meals a day in several cafes spread across the two dozen buildings of the Google campus. Hourly shuttles with Wi-Fi access transported employees, free of charge, between Mountain View and San Fransisco. Ping-Pong games enlivened workdays, dogs tagged by their owners sides, and the free state of the art gym never closed.
This is Google.