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The Google Office

by Andy on January 5, 2010

in Culture

If your dream office includes a slide, a games room, a ‘chill-out’ aquarium and plenty of free food then you had better get your CV into Google.

In order to help the creative juices of employees flow they have come up with a number of original and excentric office ideas, including 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.

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Take a break and listen to music in a massage chair, play on the latest computer games or have a bike race around the office, these are all ideas that have been incorporated into the design of Google’s new European engineering headquarters in Zurich Switzerland.

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The staff are best served by both a creative work environment and a flat, open working structure, according to Nelson Mattas, vice president of engineering at Google.

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At a press day to launch its new research and development centre, he explained the serious point behind the ‘fun office’.

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“The lava lamps, free food and games are all part of the Google culture. It is informal and a structure that isn’t dictated from the top,” he said.

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The unconventional design of the office represents what Google hopes is a free flow of information through all parts of the company.

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“Beyond the good food and cool office it is the case that every conversation that you have here is one of substance”, he said.

  • msl78

    I Like the office ideas Google have been coming up with especially a bike to ride round on
    and rest and recreation areas i think they are headed in the right direction
    for a happy working environment !

  • msl78

    I Like the office ideas Google have been coming up with especially a bike to ride round on
    and rest and recreation areas i think they are headed in the right direction
    for a happy working environment !

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