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[CULTURE] Brains + Hot Tubs = Google
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[CULTURE] Brains + Hot Tubs = Google

June 3rd, 2007 · No Comments

How does one of the most powerful technology companies in the world keep generating the most breakthrough products on the internet? Two words: Hot Tubs.

I’m out in Mountain View, CA for work and took the day today to explore the area with one major destination in mind: The Google HQ. I took a drive up to the GooglePlex and was immediately blown away by the way it dominates the landscape. That may be because across the street is a vacant lot, but it’s still impressive. But the true magic of the place wasn’t revealed until I parked the rental car and got out to walk around the campus.

The Google grounds are set up like a tiny city. There are sidewalks and roads, reacreational areas, a post office, volleyball courts, vegetable gardens, and oh yeah…hot tubs. They have created an environment that moves beyond that of a corporation and in to one of a freestanding culture. A nation of innovation. It really is impressive. One look at the additional benefits and you will see that Google is working hard to create a culture where the only thing that should worry an employee is how to complete their professional tasks and take their brains to the next level. I’ve worked in large and small companies, public and private, but I’ve never seen anything like what Google is offering. It’s quite impressive.

Keep up the good work Googlers…and let me know if you’re hiring for a lifeguard. 

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