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Google Workplace Photographs - Google's Zurich Office

Summary:
Email forward claims that attached photographs show an innovative workplace enjoyed by Google employees (Full commentary below).



Status:
True

Example:(July, 2008)
Subject: Fwd: I want to work for Google...

Google Office 1

Moving around: A slide allows quick access from different floors ... There are also poles available ... they are similar to the ones used in fire stations.

Google Office 2

Food.Employees can eat all they want from a vast choice of food and drink.

Google Office 3

Work Station: Each employee has at least two large screens. There are 4-6 'Zooglers' per office.

Google Office 4

INOVATION:: Large boards are available just about everywhere because 'ideas don't always come when seated in the office' says one of Googles managers.

Google Office 5

LEISURE.Pool tables, video games etc. are available in many areas.

Google Office 6

Communication... On each floor, there are private cabin areas where employees can attend to personal affairs.

Google Office 8

Health: Professional masseurs (euses) available.

Google Office 9

REST ...This room provides massage chairs that you control ... while you view relaxing aquariums ...

Google Office 10

Ambiance ... There are many books in this library ... even some about programming !!

My questions are ... when do they work? How much do they pay to work there? And where do I send my application?




Commentary:
This email forward includes a series of photographs depicting an innovative office workplace that sports a number of unusual features for workers including slide access between floors, relaxation areas such as a games room, a library, and a massage-chair equipped aquarium, private meeting places and eating areas with completely free food and drinks. The message claims that the workplace is one enjoyed by employees of Internet technology giant, Google.

Although such a weird and wonderful workplace may seem a little far-fetched, such an office does indeed exist and it does belong to Google. In fact, the office is Google's European engineering headquarters and is located in Zurich, Switzerland. A March 2008 BBC article about the new office notes:
If your ideal workspace includes a slide, a games room, a 'chill-out' aquarium and plenty of free food then you had better get your CV into Google.

Dotcom companies were defined by beanbags and pizza but Google, a company that came to prominence after the bubble had burst, has taken that image to a whole new level.

Meeting 'pods' in the style of Swiss chalets and igloos, fireman poles to allow easy access between floors and a slide to ensure that people can get to the cafeteria as quickly as possible are all part of a design of its new European engineering headquarters in Zurich Switzerland.
A video published on YouTube also highlights the features of Google's Zurich office:


Google has long taken an innovative approach to its workspaces. The Zurich office is not alone in providing an outstanding work environment for employees. Other Google workplaces around the world also offer many perks to employees including free, high quality food and a relaxed and positive work environment designed to foster creativity and innovation among workers. This desirable work environment makes the company very attractive to potential employees. An article about Google published on Canada.com notes:
It gets 3,000 job applications every day.

Fortune magazine has named it the best place in America to work for the last two years, and similar surveys in the U.K., Italy, France and the Netherlands have put the company at the top of their lists too.
More photos of the Google Zurich office can be viewed on Google's Picasa Galleries.

References:
Google your way to a wacky office
Google targeting talent with innovative, creative qualities
Switzerland image gallery
Zurich office photos

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Last updated: 29th July 2008
First published: 29th July 2008

Write-up by Brett M. Christensen