Who wouldn’t love to get a job at any Google headquarter in any part of the world? There are nearly 40 of them all around the globe decided to reclute the most brilliant candidates for the most interesting technology projects. Sounds truly interesting, but after reading this maybe you will change your mind a bit…
Last week I was looking up online for the most desirable jobs in the biggest companies in the world, and in this list of course was Google. It is well known that most of large communication and technology companies offer the best contracts and working conditions to their employees for one simple reason: their workers are their real factory of ideas.
However, not everything we read and hear about having a job there may be completely true: Sometimes working for the best could come along with some negative aspects.
To begin with, as Google characterizes for only hiring the most outstanding employees from the best universities and backgrounds in the world, the daily pressure and constant competition between the workers to demonstrate who is the best could lead to surprising stories from people that could do the unthinkable just to win or climb to a place in these offices. After thinking about this, at least personally, I wouldn’t enjoy working in a place in which your life gets so much pressure that it could lead to so much desperation, you ignore when are you going to be betrayed by your co-workers… or have to betray them yourself someday.
Additional, as Google always keep on hiring people with the same type of profile all over again, same universities, same principles and same interests it could turn into a diversity issue, in which you may not find new bold fresh ideas. Furthermore, there could be cases in which brilliant people can get stuck in the same job position for years and could represent a waste of potential brilliant minds.
Someone once told me (it must have been in one of my ex-agencies) that working for Google was like a dream because it was like doing it in your own home, you can feel free of doing whatever you want while working: laying in the cozy sofas, playing Xbox and eating pop corn at the same time (all the food inside Google is free for workers as well). Sounds like heaven! But, after deeply thinking about this, there may be a point in which your life could turn into your job when it means endless entertainment as well?
Having all those benefits turn people more productive, and I think that is exactly the idea of making them feel comfortable enough to ignore the time passing by; this is when I consider that places like Google need machines instead of humans to work for them.
To conclude, I consider it’s perfectly normal that a person’s biggest desire and interest is to live for their work, it’s a way of living that you can find in multinational companies like Google, but what I truly believe is that if you want a a healthy life both outside and inside your job, you will have to work for reaching a balance between them someday.