Another Reason Why You Should Work With GOOGLE

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Mar 11 2007
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Besides fixed salary, we normally will weight other perks benefits a company offers before we decide on a job. Contractual annual bonus is one of them, medical benefits could be another. If the company is a U.S. based, then stock option (though not attractive by today’s standard) would be a magnet to the company. But high-profile and heavy-weight organization such as Google normally offers something different from others.

As an employee of Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG, stock) you’ll enjoy amongst others:

  • unlimited amounts of free chef-prepared food at all times of day
  • a climbing wall, a volleyball court and two-lap pools
  • on-site car washes and oil changes
  • haircuts and free doctor checkups
  • stock-option
Since the company’s stock price has surged more than fourfold since public offerings of $85 in 2004, the potential benefit of stock option is quite limited to attract and maintain its’ best-brains. So, now Google is offering a new perk – FREE ride to ferry its’ already pampered employees onboard the 32 shuttle buses equipped with comfortable leather seats and wireless internet access. Bicycles are allowed on exterior racks, and dogs on forward seats or on their owners’ laps if the buses run full (reported New York Times)

The shuttles run 132 trips a day to some 40 pickup and drop-off locations in more than a dozen cities – as far as Concord, 54 miles northeast of Googleplex and Santa Cruz, 38 miles to the south. Morning service starts at 5:05 a.m. and the last pickup is at 10:40 a.m. Evening service runs from 3:40 p.m. to 10:05 p.m.

From the info gathered, this free ride is definitely a factor in attracting the best employees. Michael Gaiman, a 23-year-old Web applications engineer who lives in San Francisco and was recently hired, said he turned down an offer from Apple Inc (Nasdaq: AAPL, stock) before accepting the job at Google.

Inspired by Google, Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO, stock) also began a shuttle program in 2005 that could be described as the PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP, stock) to Google’s Coke. eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY, stock) recently started began a pilot shuttle to five pickup spots in San Francisco and some high-tech employers are coming up with other approaches. Still, the top spot for Best Workplaces for Commuters went to Intel (Nasdaq: INTC, stock) which allows telecommuting, offers transit subsidies to employees and helps pay for shuttles that bring workers from transit stops, among other benefits. Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT, stock) came in second while Google and Oracle Corp (Nasdaq: ORCL, stock) both captured the third place.

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