We can use this to create and edit information. I think it will work great for us. Instead of everyone compiling their own information we can use this and do it together, and it keeps track of edits, and who edited what.
I'll start this off with a couple of videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vd6BPhJjYL4http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOZhbOhEunY&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOZhbOhEunY&feature=related

A couple of articles I found:
http://money.cnn.com/2007/01/05/magazines/fortune/Search_and_enjoy.fortune/index.htm
At Google you can do your laundry; drop off your dry cleaning; get an oil change, then have your car washed; work out in the gym; attend subsidized exercise classes; get a massage; study Mandarin, Japanese, Spanish, and French; and ask a personal concierge to arrange dinner reservations. Naturally you can get haircuts onsite. Want to buy a hybrid car? The company will give you $5,000 toward that environmentally friendly end. Care to refer a friend to work at Google? Google would like that too, and it'll give you a $2,000 reward. Just have a new baby? Congratulations! Your employer will reimburse you for up to $500 in takeout food to ease your first four weeks at home. Looking to make new friends? Attend a weekly TGIF party, where there's usually a band playing. Five onsite doctors are available to give you a checkup, free of charge.

http://www.google.com/support/jobs/bin/static.py?page=benefits.html
This link is all about the benefits of being at google:

Vacation

1st year
15 days
4th year
20 days
6th year
25 days

Holidays

12 paid holidays (sick days taken as necessary)

Maternity Benefits

Up to 18 weeks off at approximately 100% pay

Parental Leave (for non-primary caregivers)

Up to 7 weeks off at approximately 100% pay
Free Lunch and Dinner. Choose from 11 different cafs.

From Qi
I watched the second video. (cannot open the first one) and I read the articles. I did some research and read some articles. Most of them are similar talking about the environment and benefits at Google. Here's what I have.
http://www.google.com/support/jobs/bin/static.py?page=benefits.html#vid
official site for benefits
http://www.youtube.com/google
official google channel on youtube
http://jobsearchtech.about.com/od/companyprofiles/a/google_2.htm
why work at google?
http://www.ypp.com/articles_creative_benefits.html
creative benefits
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/04/23/google-spends-72-million_n_98255.html
Google spends $72 million on free employee food per year


These can be used as resources.I also found some logo pictures we can use for ppt. I'll email to everyone in a minute. You can pick some favourite ones. And I can do the ppt. slides for our presentation, I did some for other classes. It won't take me long. But I'll need everyone's content on the ppt.I was thinking about how we would present. We can have one person handle both the intro. and conclusion, and the other 4 people focus on the benefits. Some of the topics I can think of are, Food, Health Care, Child Care, Unusual Perks, Work-life Balance. Or the person who's doing the intro part could just do a small part of benefit. For conclusion, we could say something about why Google has these unusual perks and the good outcomes for this.


I read over the articles and videos and I think how you described the breakdown is great. It could work. Harj was saying he wants to do intro, so i guess he can the conclusion too. That's let says 2 minutes right there. I think we have to have Food (obviously), 20% work thing, Unusual Perks, and then Family.
Doing this breakdown gives it more broader i think. Let me know what you think
Food: Free Food and Dinner. 11 Cafs. Every employee works within 150 feet of food. Free Snacks.
20%: You can spend 20% of your time at work something you want to do, and you want to pursue at google
Unusual Perks: There's a whole list of them so we dont have to worry about this category.
Family: This one is pretty big in this day and age. We can put child care, 500 voucher for take out food after baby, maternity leave for both parents. And i think they have child care at work so you're kids are technically almost always there.
This is still a lot of information to present, so I think we just need to put together facts.
Also Do you think we need to say anything negative about Google's Benefits?

I think the "An Inside Look at Google - Working at Google" video can be used in presentation. I couldn't open the other link, the first link you put up there. I think the breakdown is good, but I don't know if we have enough info about the 20% work thing you talked about.
And about google channel on youtube, I wasn't saying any specific video. I thought about talking negative things, but only if we have time. We probably should focus on the positive things, and if time permits, we can add another slide. I have two more ideas. If we have time, I thought we could show something for google work environment in other countries. The other idea may be silly. Since they have the PJ day at google, everyone wears PJ. I think maybe instead of wearing a suit on the presentation day, we could wear our pajamas. Haha, just an idea though.

The Google Culture

Though growing rapidly, Google still maintains a small company feel. At the Googleplex headquarters almost everyone eats in the Google café (known as "Charlie's Place"), sitting at whatever table has an opening and enjoying conversations with Googlers from all different departments. Topics range from the trivial to the technical, and whether the discussion is about computer games or encryption or ad serving software, it's not surprising to hear someone say, "That's a product I helped develop before I came to Google."
Google's emphasis on innovation and commitment to cost containment means each employee is a hands-on contributor. There's little in the way of corporate hierarchy and everyone wears several hats. The international webmaster who creates Google's holiday logos spent a week translating the entire site into Korean. The chief operations engineer is also a licensed neurosurgeon. Because everyone realizes they are an equally important part of Google's success, no one hesitates to skate over a corporate officer during roller hockey.
Google's hiring policy is aggressively non-discriminatory and favors ability over experience. The result is a staff that reflects the global audience the search engine serves. Google has offices around the globe and Google engineering centers are recruiting local talent in locations from Zurich to Bangalore. Dozens of languages are spoken by Google staffers, from Turkish to Telugu. When not at work, Googlers pursue interests from cross-country cycling to wine tasting, from flying to frisbee. As Google expands its development team, it continues to look for those who share an obsessive commitment to creating search perfection and having a great time doing it.
About the Googleplex
Google's world headquarters building is located in Mountain View, California, a stone's throw from the Shoreline Regional Park wetlands. While not all Google offices around the globe are equally well-stocked, these are some of the essential elements that define a Google workspace:
  • Lobby Décor - Piano, lava lamps, and live projection of current search queries from around the world.
  • Hallway Décor - Bicycles and large rubber exercise balls on the floors, press clippings from around the world posted on bulletin boards everywhere. Many Googlers standing around discussing arcane IP addressing issues and how to build a better spam filter.
  • Googler Offices - Googlers work in high density clusters remarkably reflective of our server setup, with three or four staffers sharing spaces with couches and dogs. This improves information flow and saves on heating bills.
  • Equipment - Most Googlers have high powered Linux OS workstations on their desktops. In Google's earliest days, desks were wooden doors mounted on two sawhorses. Some of these are still in use within the engineering group.
  • Recreation Facilities - Workout room with weights and rowing machine, locker rooms, washers and dryers, massage room, assorted video games, Foosball, baby grand piano, pool table, ping pong, roller hockey twice a week in the parking lot.
  • Google Café - Healthy lunches and dinners for all staff. Stations include "Charlie’s Grill," "Back to Albuquerque," "East Meets West" and "Vegheads." Outdoor seating for sunshine daydreaming.
  • Snack Rooms - Bins packed with various cereals, gummi bears, M&Ms, toffee, licorice, cashew nuts, yogurt, carrots, fresh fruit and other snacks. Dozens of different drinks including fresh juice, soda and make-your-own cappuccino.
  • Coolest stop on the tour - A three-dimensional rotating image of the world on permanent display on a large flat panel monitor in the office of the engineer who created it. What makes it special is the toggle switch that allows you to view points of light representing real time searches rising from the surface of the globe toward space, color coded by language. Toggle and you can see traffic patterns for the entire Internet. Worth a trip to the second floor.
  • Nearest 24 hour doughnut shop - Krispy Kreme, Mountain View, CA.

A Great and Inclusive Place to Work

Google provides a fun and flexible working environment with perks that are designed to make life easier and more convenient for employees to manage their life-work balance. Local benefits may vary by location, but one thing that remains constant within Google is that we put employees first. Whether it’s perks like massages or onsite gyms to just help you relax and feel good, or more essential benefits like comprehensive health coverage – Google proves that there still is such a thing as a free lunch (and breakfast, and dinner).
We work hard to create an environment which is inclusive, collaborative and innovative. One of the ways in which Google actively encourages innovation in the workplace is through promoting the “20% project”. All Google engineers have 20% of their time to pursue projects that they’re passionate about. This has lead to the creation of some well-known Google products, like Gmail, and Google News – products that might otherwise have taken entire start-ups to launch. Some Googlers, like Shannon, use this time to volunteer on initiatives like Google’s program for pre-university outreach. This passion developed from her personal experience while starting a family and raising her daughter, when she realized how important it was to enhance the technical development of young girls like her daughter. “Google provided me with the opportunity to partner with other people within the company to make a broader impact on the outside community and to strengthen young students’ interest in math and science. It’s been extremely rewarding.”
Google Women Engineers, and the Black Googler Network are two examples of Google’s many employee-driven Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) that draw their membership from across the globe. Google ERGs create networks within the company that reach across functional and national boundaries to strengthen the company’s retention programs. They provide valuable feedback about the workings of Google’s HR programs and policies, as well as provide valuable opportunities for personal growth and professional development. Other international groups, like the Gayglers (Googler’s GLBT employees), help us connect with the communities in which we work (and play), worldwide.
Google has been voted one of the best companies to work for by various publications, including topping Fortune Magazine’s Best Places to Work and British Computer Society’s Women in IT lists, Best Companies to Work For in Ireland, UK’s Times Most Progressive Employer, Best Workplaces for Commuters by the Environmental Protection Agency, and consistent top ranking on the Corporate Equality Index by the Human Rights Campaign in the U.S.
(just some stuff to check out, i think its quite helpful)

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