Fast Company’s feature article today talks about Google, one of its Fast 50 for 2008. The article is fascinating. I used to work with a guy who has a good friend working for Google. He had told me of some the things they did for their employees (free shuttle bus commuting with WiFi, encouragment to work on their own projects). It sounded good but the article goes into the culture of the company. Instead of CYA environment, it is open to ideas, no matter how outrageous. Some of what Google offers today are from the imaginations of the regular developers. Most places, ideas aren’t considered relevant unless suggested from those at the top. The worker bees are just, workers. It is refreshing to read about a company that actually values it employees and their ideas and does not treat them as just another “resource.”

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