And no wonder. The burgeoning company is a driving force in Internet development. Its Web-based word processing app, Writely, sends a shiver of nervousness through Microsoft. Its Adsense program is changing e-commerce. And its acquisition of YouTube earned grudging admiration from Big Media.
Heck, the very word google has entered the language, earning a coveted spot in the august confines of Websters Dictionary.
Working for Google means working for an organization thats extraordinarily well funded the words layoff and Google arent likely to be paired anytime soon. It also means working alongside top talent. With as many applications as Google receives, the company has its pick of the best.
If thats not enough, Google serves a free lunch every day to its employees. (Yummy, and made with love, according to the company.)
The good news is that Google is hiring. A lot. The company is hoovering up IT staffers like a Boy Scout at an all-you-can-eat. Its job board lists scads of openings, and with the companys breathless growth its likely therell soon be more.
The bad news is that getting hired at Google isnt easy. It requires a unique set of characteristics to land a gig with the search giant. With that in mind, Datamation spoke with Googles Director of Staffing, Arnnon Geshuri, about the companys hiring process.
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Google, being Google, doesnt just call its staffers employees. No, thats far too traditional. So whats its special term of endearment for workers?
With a laugh, Geshuri spills the secret: When they come on board, they become Googlers.
However light-hearted, the term is revealing. It suggests a unique corporate culture, especially in the tech world. (True, Microsoft workers are called Softies, but how many other big tech companies give workers a nickname? After all, IBM staffers arent called IBMmers.)
And what makes a Googler?
We have a core belief that a Googler has certain aspects to themselves, Geshuri says. Theyre really motivated, enthusiastic, entrepreneurial.
The word that stands out in that otherwise generic description is entrepreneurial. While working in the IT department of, say, a large manufacturing facility might not require entrepreneurial spirit, working at Google most certainly does. With the search giants rapid growth and its aggressive moves in arenas held by competitors the need for staffers to possess self-starting business smarts seems clear.
Does that mean that an IT pro needs strong business skills to get hired?
Its always a plus, but its not necessarily itself a deal breaker, Geshuri says. Google prefers it when, from a business sense, you can relate to the technical aspects and look at the mission-critical needs to the company, and really understand some of the context around why were building some of the infrastructure.
In short, It helps if the person can align the business needs to the technology.
This may be more important at Google due to the company's innovative 20 percent time policy, in which IT staffers are free to pursue projects they're passionate about on company time. It takes an entrepreneurial (and disciplined) spirit to use this unstructured time in ways that benefit the bottom line.
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