Facebook Ranked #3, Google #5 For Best Places To Work

Glassdoor.com, a job and career web site, announced their annual best places to work in 2012 study. Facebook tops Google with the number 3 listing, whereas Google moved up for their 2011 spot of 30 to number 5. In 2010 Google was rated number 14, and in 2009 Google was rated number 7. Glassdoor.com developed a 20-question company survey that captures employees' attitudes about: Career Opportunities, Communication, Compensation & Benefits, Employee Morale, Recognition & Feedback, Senior Leadership, Work/Life Balance, and Fairness & Respect. This survey is what makes up the final score f [...]

Cadbury’s Brin & Page Google +1 Chocolate Bars

Cadbury posted on their Google + page a picture of their latest milk chocolate bars named "Dairy Milk+ Bars." The Milk+ bars come in two flavors, Sergey Brin & Larry Page - i.e. the co-founders of Google. As part of a social media experiment, Cadbury posted this on their Google + page, saying: Remember our 1kg Dairy Milk+ Bars? We've had some special personalised ones made, including these delicious ones for Google founders Larry & Sergey. Whose name would you like to see on a bar? Hat tip to WebProNews for spotting this first. Related Stories: Google+ Is Slowly Invading Goog [...]

Infographic: It’s Quite A Job To Get Hired By Google

Google's hiring process is pretty infamous. Multiple interviews. Sign-off at the very top. And those crazy interview questions! It's a wonder that anyone gets a job. The folks at Jobvine have put together an infographic illustrating the hiring process at Google, along with some interesting employment stats about the company, including salaries and growth in employees, over time: Want the infographic for yourself? You'll find it here: What does it take to get a job at Google? [...]

The “Google Doesn’t Get Platforms” Family Intervention Memo

google-plus-featured Google now has its own version of the Yahoo "peanut butter" manifesto, where Google staff software engineer Steve Yegge wrote a "family intervention" memo about Google's failure to build accessible platforms, leaving it vulnerable to the likes of Facebook. There are some harsh words about Google+, but the memo is broader than that. It offers an intriguing look inside Google, including being a place where engineers, as least, can send such strong declarations around the company without fear of retribution. Accidental Release Yegge didn't intend for his post to be public. That was an ac [...]

Google’s Blog Strategist and Manager, Karen Wickre, Departs After Nine Years

KarenWickre In an announcement fittingly posted on her own blog, Karen Wickre, Google's senior manager of global communications & public affairs, says she has left the company. Wickre launched and masterminded the company's blog strategy during her nine-year tenure at the company. Her farewell was something of a love letter to Google and the experiences she's had there. While she didn't say what her next step would be, she said it would be a "plunge into an exciting new realm." "If you know me you know 'starry-eyed' isn't the first descriptor that comes to mind," she wrote. "But trust me: Googl [...]

Former Google Search Reps Start Search Quality Alliance

Search Quality Alliance A new site just launched under the name Search Quality Alliance, which is currently made up of five companies that offer SEO and web services. The big punch line here is that these five companies are all founded by former Google Search Quality representatives. As it states on the website: Search Quality Alliance is a group of former Google Search Quality team members who offer Search Engine Consulting Solutions on an international scale with local expertise. From collaboration in international SEO projects, to Google & SEO workshops, to developing new tools including testing and sha [...]

Santorum & Google’s Search Quality Czar Matt Cutts Makes The Colbert Report

Colbert Report & Google The search industry is getting a little more mainstream recognition every day, as tonight's episode of The Colbert Report picked on Google's handling of the Spreading Santorum situation. This time the target was software engineer Matt Cutts, long known to search industry insiders as head of Google's Web Spam and search quality team, he doesn't often get the same national media spotlight as Eric Schmidt, Sergey Brin or Larry Page. But as the man responsible for weeding out poor quality content from Google results, Cutts made the late night news desk. First notified of his Comedy Centra [...]

Zuckerberg Passes Brin & Page On Forbes’ Rich List

zuckerberg-brin-page Scoreboard: Facebook guy - 1, Google guys - 0. Or, more accurately: Facebook guy - $17.5 billion, Google guys - $16.7 billion (each). Those are the estimated net worths of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, as reported in the latest edition of the Forbes 400 Rich List -- a ranking of the wealthiest 400 people in America. Forbes counts Zuckerberg as the biggest gainer on this year's list, with his net worth jumping from $6.9 billion last year to $17.5 billion now. It's also the first time that Zuckerberg has been listed ahead of Brin and [...]

Google Customer Support Surprise: Phone Reps Handling 10,000 Calls A Week From 60 Countries

google-call-center-featured Google has long received mixed-to-negative criticism for its customer service -- or lack thereof. But Francoise Brougher is changing all that. Perhaps the least well-known senior executive outside Google, the VP of Global Advertising and Product Operations has quietly built an impressive telephone customer support organization for Google AdWords advertisers. Telephone support for AdWords was first announced earlier this year in April and it saw some coverage. However since that time Google has been silent about it. I spoke to Brougher roughly a week ago and was surprised to hear how large [...]

Google Hiring Spam Fighters In Dublin

Kaspar Szymanski from Google's search quality team announced on the Google Webmaster blog that his office is hiring Search Quality Associates to work in the Dublin, Ireland office. Search Quality Associates are basically Google web spam fighters. They are responsible for digging deep into site code, investigating site issues, looking for search quality issues and bugs. Kaspar explained that "looking at a site's source code should not scare you." Of course being a fan of search engines, especially Google is a plus. But most importantly, you need to share in Google's "aversion to websp [...]

Carter Maslan, The Face Of Google Places, Leaving The Company

Carter Maslan has been the patient and good-natured face of Google Maps and Places at innumerable conferences and events over the past several years. He's endured a regular onslaught of questions about missing features and local SEO frustrations surrounding Google's increasingly important suite of local products. Now he's leaving Google. I got word of this yesterday from a Google partner and then I later confirmed it in an email exchange with Maslan himself. He's leaving the company on good terms and said he "loved" his work at Google. However he has something else he wants to pursue. [...]

Google CEO Larry Page Plays Nice With Investors At Annual Meeting

Many on Wall Street think that Larry Page hasn't been visible or accessible enough. In part because of investor uncertainty about the former and current Google CEO (and a number of other factors) Google's share price has dropped about $100 since Page took over from Eric Schmidt in April. During the company's first quarterly earnings call about a month ago, as new CEO, Page made a very brief appearance at the top of the call, read some prepared remarks and left matters to his CFO and several others. Immediately there was criticism from some investors that Page was too "aloof." I agree tha [...]

PayPal Sues Google, Sees Powerful Threat To Its Future In Google Wallet

paypal-google-lawsuit In California it's almost impossible to stop a key employee from jumping ship to a rival company. The law heavily favors the employee's right to earn a living and typically won't permit the former employer to prevent the employee from working for a rival. California law does, however, protect "trade secrets" and will sometimes permit company A to block a former employee from working in an identical role at rival company B if trade secrets are implicated or at stake. This is the scenario at the heart of a lawsuit announced yesterday by eBay/PayPal against Google following the public intro [...]

Steven Levy, Author Of In The Plex, Interviewed By Google’s Matt Cutts

Steven Levy, the author of In The Plex, was interviewed in one of the recent "Google Talks" by Matt Cutts. Steven Levy wrote one of, if not the most, revealing books on how Google works as a company in his book. So I found it incredibly interesting to watch a Googler interview the individual who interviewed Google for several years to write his book. Levy actually was a keynote speaker at SMX West a few months ago. Here is the video: I love Matt's reaction to when Steven Levy complains how original content gets outranked by larger publishers. You can find that clip 39 minutes an [...]

Google, Smartphone Contacts & Social Graphs: Has Eric Schmidt Crossed The Creepy Line Again?

Eric Schmidt Things have been a little quiet -- perhaps even boring -- since Eric Schmidt stepped down as Google's CEO to become the company's Executive Chairman. The strange quotes and not-so-funny attempts at cracking privacy-related jokes have slowed down in the past couple months. But Schmidt may have just added another one to his collection of so-called "creepy" quotes. It's in an article/interview from London's Evening Standard. The reporter asks Schmidt the obligatory question about Facebook and social networking and, in the process of explaining Google's approach to social, Schmidt appears t [...]

Google Continues Expansion, Leases Additional 600,000 SQ Feet In Mountain View

Mercury News reports Google entered an agreement to lease an additional campus with nine building and up to 630,000 additional square feet of space in Mountain View. The new building is right across Highway 101. "We had two other major companies interested in our project, and we had been in discussions with them for several months, and then Google came along and was much more intense," said John Lovewell, partner with Keenan Lovewell Ventures, the owner of "The Quad" campus on Ellis Street. "They were ready to make a commitment -- a specific commitment -- very quickly, and that's why w [...]

Google’s Human Text File: google.com/human.txt

Go to google.com/human.txt and you will find a text file recruiting new Google engineers to the company. The file reads: Google is built by a large team of engineers, designers, researchers, robots, and others in many different sites across the globe. It is updated continuously, and built with more tools and technologies than we can shake a stick at. If you'd like to help us out, see google.com/jobs. The reason this is cute is because of the concept behind the robots.txt file. Clearly, Google is looking for smart, funny and geeky individuals to hire. This reminds me of when the [...]

Amid Talent War Apple, Google, Adobe Sued For Conspiring To “Fix” Employee Salaries

Last year, after an investigation, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) concluded that a number of tech companies, including Apple and Google, violated antitrust laws when they agreed not to poach and cold call each others' employees. The DOJ obtained a settlement that "prevents [the companies] from entering into no solicitation agreements for employees" for five years. The DOJ settlement didn't offer any compensation to the "victims" of the companies' activities: the employees. Now, as you might imagine, there's a class-action lawsuit on behalf of employees of the defendant companies. (Plain [...]

“Knowledge” Replaces “Search” For Google

Screen shot 2011-05-03 at 5.41.56 PM Google's no longer in the "search" business -- it's now in the "knowledge" business. OK, not exactly. TechCrunch points to a April 11, 2011 SEC filing that discloses a job-title change for Alan Eustace, Google’s Senior Vice President, Engineering & Research. He has become Google’s Senior Vice President, Knowledge. It was widely believed that Eustace was promoted to "SVP of Search," with the product-centric reorg that recently happened: SVP of Search — Alan Eustace SVP of Advertising — Susan Wojcicki SVP of Mobile/Android — Andy Rubin SVP of YouTube — Salar Kama [...]

Does Google Have A Class System For Googlers?

Former Googler, Andrew Norman Wilson posted a very interesting video on his blog about a group of Google employees who were portrayed as a "lower class" of Googlers. These Googlers were primarily responsible for the Google Book project where they manually scanned books all day. Andrew Wilson documented how these Googlers worked, starting their day at 4 am and leaving at 2:15 pm every day. He also said they were hired by not only Google but also by Transvideo Studios. The building they worked at was near the other Google buildings in Mountain View, California and was building number 3.141 [...]

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