HR Strange But True!
January 10, 2002
We all know that HR is never boring. But sometimes, it can get downright strange...

Welcome to Mountain View, Calif., and the Googleplex, headquarters of the popular Internet search engine Google.

A reporter for USA Today gives this description of a workplace straight out of 1990s (or even 1970s) Silicon Valley: Scooters lean against walls. Big exercise balls are everywhere. There are piles of roller hockey equipment, random toys, a bin offering 13 kinds of cereal including Lucky Charms, a wall mural of the company's history done in crayon, a spa-like room marked by a sign that says "Googlers massaged here," and a cafeteria where gourmet meals are served by the former chef for the Grateful Dead.

The place is crawling with twenty-something engineers who apparently prepare for work by dressing in the dark. All 280 employees went to see "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" together.

The quirkiness, according to USA Today, flows from the top. Google was founded by one guy who once built an inkjet printer out of Legos and another who hails from Moscow and studies trapeze. Google can afford the retro-whackiness, the newspaper reports, because it's one of the few pure-Internet firms that's profitable.

Source: USA Today

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