I’m not sure what to think about Google’s new digs in Tempe. I’ve read a couple of articles about the new offices and all that I can see is the amazing waste of money. Google is like a parent that gives their kids all of the candy and doesn’t know how to say no. They’re spoiling their employees.
Can you argue with success? Google is making tons of money and making some awesome products, but can you argue that they’re a good corporate citizen if they spoil their employees? When have benefits gone beyond reasonable?
Here’s a list of things Google employees received upon opening their new office in Tempe.
- Google t-shirts
- Coffee cups
- Chewing gum
- Two masseuses
- World Cup soccer games were projected by the teleconferencing system
- Lunch: Lemon-garlic rotisserie chicken, spinach and fennel stuffed tomatoes with a side of barley pilaf
- Huge computer screens (whatever that means)
- Giant beanbags
I’ve also heard that Google provides catered lunches every day. For free (since they don’t have a caffeteria here like they do in CA).
Most anybody would love to work in conditions like this, however at what point does it become excessive?