A relationship deserving monogamy


Google.

We’ve read about it in the news. We’ve used the search engine for years. We’ve logged on just to see the cool logo designs chosen for each holiday.

I have been a devoted Googler for years. Founded in 1998, it’s entire existence has been during my lifetime. We grew up together. I started using the computer for more than drawing in Paint around the same time that it became a noteworthy search engine. It became a part of my daily routine.

One aspect I like about the company is its daily routine. Google remains a company that values the talent and creativity of its employees. On Fortune magazine’s list of best companies to work for, Google ranked first in 2007, 2008 and 2012 and fourth in 2009 and 2010. Who wouldn’t want to work for a company whose corporate philosophy embodies such principles as “you can make money without doing evil,” “you can be serious without a suit,” and “work should be challenging and the challenge should be fun.”

The company has expanded through natural growth as well as through acquisitions ove the course of its lifetime. Big names include YouTube, Android, Picnik, and Motorola Mobility.

Google is definitely not mistreating its employers (like Foxconn). It’s not making risky investments with other people’s money (like Enron). And women haven’t taken out a class action lawsuit against it regarding its hiring practices (like Walmart). Nevertheless, I still think the question that we have talked about all semester remains pertinent – Is Google becoming too big to fail? I think we could argue that Google makes more of an impression on our daily lives than most companies. What would happen if the behemoth search engine took a turn for the worst? How would this affect business as a whole? How would it affect our daily lives?

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3 thoughts on “A relationship deserving monogamy

  1. Google seems like the COOLEST company to work for. I took Human Resource MGMT and one group did their final presentations on HR at Google and it really seems like an amazing company to work for. They really seem to take their employees into account. I just read an article in the NYTIMES (it is from yesterday) about the privacy policies of Google and how they are potentially unethical. Google makes users agree to their terms before they receive full services, but when they agree, Google has access to their personal information – tricky situation. You might want to look into it!

  2. I’ve read a little bit about that through various research session on Google, and just through reading the daily news. Another big concern was that Google gets a large part of their profit by selling advertising space. But have you ever realized that the advertisements on the side of your webpage correspond to your last search? Google sells consumer information to advertisers to help identify target markets, and in return, rake in the profit.

  3. “you can make money without doing evil,” “you can be serious without a suit,” and “work should be challenging and the challenge should be fun.”

    That is what a professor is like most days…

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