One of the biggest perks of working for the biggest search engine in the world was the food. Employees of Google at their US based complex were given all you can eat, three meals a day, with plenty of room for friends and family. This is all coming to an end.
Many of the employees, to supplement their wage (which is traditionally low, except for the Google Engineers) would take home vast swags of food on Friday night, enough to last them the whole weekend. This “abuse” of perks according to co-founder Sergey Brin is the cause of the new rules:
There has been a lot of concern and debate on campus about abuse of the guest privilege in the cafes. We wanted to take the opportunity to review our guest policies and ask for your help in enforcing them.
Google has always had a magical aura of the perfect place to work. Even though the new rules still are more lenient than found in the vast majority of large businesses, perhaps the aura is fading. If Google can’t recruit the top staff it is used to having, then perhaps the innovative ideas may dry up.
Although this is conjecture, it makes you think about the impact on the future of the internet which could be influenced by a meal.
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