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(Newser)   Working for Google gives you a great life, an even better death   (newser.com) divider line 20
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2012-08-09 12:14:40 PM
"Obviously there's no benefit to Google," says Google's chief people officer.

Nonsense. It's a employee benefit. Giving good employee benefits helps Google get and retain the best employees, and it helps maintain good will and motivate the employees. So Google gets plenty of benefit.

Good on them for having the sense to realize it, though. There are an awful lot of companies out there that don't realize that treating employees well helps the company.
 
2012-08-09 03:38:46 PM
Death by snoo-snoo?

/dnrtfa
 
2012-08-09 03:39:42 PM
oh yeah... well if i die in my cube, my company will sell my organs on ebay.

/yeah they shady
//or more likely straight to the tissue lab
 
2012-08-09 03:48:51 PM
Half their salary per year for 10 years? But... my chosen heirs get (split between the number of beneficiaries) 3x my current salary immediately without me paying in anything. I could choose to pay in a little and have them get 5x. Oh well, our company doesn't have that many employees.

Well, the $1k per year per child thing until they are 19 is cool. I just don't have any kids so means nothing to me.

Krieghund: "Obviously there's no benefit to Google," says Google's chief people officer.

Nonsense. It's a employee benefit. Giving good employee benefits helps Google get and retain the best employees, and it helps maintain good will and motivate the employees. So Google gets plenty of benefit.

Good on them for having the sense to realize it, though. There are an awful lot of companies out there that don't realize that treating employees well helps the company.


Agreed 100%.
 
2012-08-09 04:00:19 PM
In before SOCIALISM omgbbqwtf wharrgarbl

/wishes my job has this
 
2012-08-09 04:05:32 PM
If Google had employed Walter White, they could have single-handedly ended the Southwest meth trade.
 
2012-08-09 04:14:01 PM
Krieghund: "Obviously there's no benefit to Google," says Google's chief people officer, who then grumbled it could have all been his

Nonsense. It's a employee benefit. Giving good employee benefits helps Google get and retain the best employees, and it helps maintain good will and motivate the employees. So Google gets plenty of benefit.

Good on them for having the sense to realize it, though. There are an awful lot of companies out there that don't realize that treating employees well helps the company.


Thats the thing, they teach you in HBS (and other IVYS) not to do shiat like this and rape your employees any chance you get. There's percentages to be skimmed from the savings after all!
 
2012-08-09 05:22:49 PM
not because it's important to the business, but simply because it's the right thing to do

Shocking concept.
 
2012-08-09 05:57:42 PM

stappawho: not because it's important to the business, but simply because it's the right thing to do

Shocking concept.


... and they can afford to.
 
2012-08-09 06:42:42 PM

divx88: stappawho: not because it's important to the business, but simply because it's the right thing to do

Shocking concept.

... and they can afford to.


Be kind of difficult to do if they couldn't. I mean it doesn't stop the US government, but as far as I know Google doesn't have a printing press.
 
2012-08-09 06:59:38 PM

blipponaut: divx88: stappawho: not because it's important to the business, but simply because it's the right thing to do

Shocking concept.

... and they can afford to.

Be kind of difficult to do if they couldn't. I mean it doesn't stop the US government, but as far as I know Google doesn't have a printing press.


Well ya. Just the attitude of "it's the right thing to do" being thrown around is a bit obnoxious. It's cool that Google is able to afford it (now) and is providing it. I'm "sure" they won't be called assholes if they ever have to rescind on such nifty features due to hard times.
 
2012-08-09 08:41:54 PM

TyrantII: Krieghund: "Obviously there's no benefit to Google," says Google's chief people officer, who then grumbled it could have all been his

Nonsense. It's a employee benefit. Giving good employee benefits helps Google get and retain the best employees, and it helps maintain good will and motivate the employees. So Google gets plenty of benefit.

Good on them for having the sense to realize it, though. There are an awful lot of companies out there that don't realize that treating employees well helps the company.

Thats the thing, they teach you in HBS (and other IVYS) not to do shiat like this and rape your employees any chance you get. There's percentages to be skimmed from the savings after all!


Cut it out. HBS or any other big business management school teaches no such thing about employees. The only time they even mention employees is when they learn about disposable inventories, like toner cartridges and pens. You don't rape disposable items. You just use them and toss them. Raping is what you do to house help.
 
2012-08-09 09:01:52 PM

Genju: Half their salary per year for 10 years? But... my chosen heirs get (split between the number of beneficiaries) 3x my current salary immediately without me paying in anything. I could choose to pay in a little and have them get 5x. Oh well, our company doesn't have that many employees.

Well, the $1k per year per child thing until they are 19 is cool. I just don't have any kids so means nothing to me.

Krieghund: "Obviously there's no benefit to Google," says Google's chief people officer.

Nonsense. It's a employee benefit. Giving good employee benefits helps Google get and retain the best employees, and it helps maintain good will and motivate the employees. So Google gets plenty of benefit.

Good on them for having the sense to realize it, though. There are an awful lot of companies out there that don't realize that treating employees well helps the company.

Agreed 100%.


You think google doesn't also offer a kick ass life insurance plan as well?
 
2012-08-09 10:14:09 PM

anwserman: In before SOCIALISM omgbbqwtf wharrgarbl

/wishes my job has this


I was kind of thinking down that line. Isn't Google pretty much doing what "trickle-down economics" are about? The company thrives and in turn take great care of their employees. The problem being when we hear about the policies Google has implemented our reaction is OMG soooo cool and unusual rather than it being the norm.
 
2012-08-09 11:08:48 PM
First off, these benefits are extended to a population of people mostly under 40, right? Low odds of death.

Second, they're survivor benefits. For people encouraged to live in the office 80 hours a week. Low odds of them having SO's.

Third, $1k per year per kid seems like a cheapskate move. On top of what looks like a minimum half million dollar payout, that's a max of $19k per child survivor. How about continuing health insurance coverage or something. It's not like there's that many kids.

This will all be way too generous 20 years from now, provided the company hasn't become post-human by then.
 
2012-08-10 01:07:27 AM

SuperT: You think google doesn't also offer a kick ass life insurance plan as well?


Any free life insurance is nice. Just wondering why they decide to spread it out like that instead of lump sum. I don't expect Google to go bankrupt any time soon, so I guess there isn't the risk of that.
 
2012-08-10 01:32:14 AM
Good thing Google has lifetime employment, right?
 
2012-08-10 05:54:17 AM

Genju:
Any free life insurance is nice. Just wondering why they decide to spread it out like that instead of lump sum. I don't expect Google to go bankrupt any time soon, so I guess there isn't the risk of that.


It's far cheaper to spread out the payments over 10 years and it's much easier to set up a fund to handle the payments if google should ever close it's doors.

The other thing to remember about Google's benefits is that it only works for companies where the vast majority of employees are highly skilled and sought after by competitors. In other words, don't expect Walmart or McDonalds to start changing their ways. Those business models are built on having an unskilled labor force with high turnover.
 
2012-08-10 07:57:04 AM
Meanwhile, my team is down to a femur crew (if we had a full skeleton crew, we would be in HEAVEN right now..) and we keep getting more and more work dumped on us. Management has decided to get rid of a bunch of teams altogether, then shift their workload onto us.

The remaining departments have learned that our manager has a "Can we fix it? Yes we can!" mentality and won't let us reassign work orders once they're in our queue. Now they just perform some cursory checks (pinging a router vs. actually checking the configuration), send it over to our pool, and then they get back on Facebook.
 
2012-08-10 01:55:48 PM
It's a pretty good bet. They hire young people and work them so hard that they have no time to breed. Then, they get rid of them when they hit 35.
 
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