Google Crowned Best Company to Work for in the World

- Leadership - Oct 23, 2014

Google has been named as the world’s best multinational workplace for the second year running by Great Place to Work.

In its fourth annual list of 25, the search engine giant tops the billing ahead of fellow tech companies SAS Institute (2nd) and Microsoft (6th). Google also beat the likes of hotel heavyweight Marriott (7th) and finance behemoth American Express (10th).

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Google has been commended for its high levels of trust, camaraderie and pride, factors increasingly considered by Great Place to Work which released another report titled The Dawn of the Great Workplace Era, a five year study showing that employees at big companies are getting happier.

An initiative which is helping Google, both this year and last, is a drive to cut levels of bureaucracy and increase employee participation in decision making.

On the issue of cutting bureaucracy alone, last year close to 4,500 Google employees voted on nearly 1,200 employee-generated ideas, all of which have been implemented.

The company’s philosophy is underlined by its webpage on company culture, which reads: “Although Googlers share common goals and visions for the company, we hail from all walks of life and speak dozens of languages, reflecting the global audience that we serve. And when not at work, Googlers pursue interests ranging from cycling to beekeeping, from frisbee to foxtrot.”

Google also prides itself on the motto ‘you can be serious without a suit’, underlining its belief that creativity comes from having fun and working in a comfortable environment that rewards achievement.

The company says: “Our atmosphere may be casual, but as new ideas emerge in a café line, at a team meeting or at the gym, they are traded, tested and put into practice with dizzying speed – and they may be the launch pad for a new project destined for worldwide use.”

Today Google has more than 70 offices in more than 40 countries around the globe, sharing common quirky features which help create the atmosphere that places the company at the summit of Great Place to Work’s list.

Such features include murals expressing local personality, Googlers sharing cubes, yurts and "huddles", video games, pool tables and pianos, and "microkitchens" stocked with healthy food.

In the past year, Great Place to Work analysed data from surveys taken by nearly three million employees and workplace culture assessments conducted at 6,200 companies, which represent more than 11.5 million employees worldwide.

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