31 January, 2008

Google Makes A Pact

Google's co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, together with Chief Executive Eric Schmidt have promised to stay at Google for 20 years. More information in this article.

Here's a snippet:

By any measure, Google treats employees incredibly well. Is it possible to treat them too well?

Page: My grandfather worked in the auto plants in Flint, Mich. He was an assembly-line worker. During the sit-down strikes he used to carry this long iron pipe with a big chunk of lead on the end when he walked to work.

Schmidt: For what reason?

Page: To protect himself from the company. I still have the hammer. That's two generations ago, and we've come a long way. I don't think any of our employees have to carry such weapons to work. At least I hope they don't. But that's a big change in two generations. It's common sense: Happy people are more productive.

It's worth noting that Google is not a union shop and likely won't be, even as they spread into the media sector. Just sayin'.


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