Software engineers often imagine that Google must be just the best place to work. A couple of years ago I visited a friend who works in their New York office (which then was in Times Square), and I have to say it looked pretty good: a beautiful, modern office with all sorts of worker-friendly touches: huge monitors on everyone’s desk, lavishly appointed lounges, a free cafeteria, and so on. The company is obviously a mighty engine of creativity, and developers are even given one day a week just to tinker with ideas of their own. It is also notoriously hard to get hired there; the candidate must run a long and arduous gauntlet of interviews and examinations. As you might expect, it isn’t easy to land The Best Job In The World.
But according to some former employees, Google isn’t quite the Shangri-La it’s cracked up to be. Have a look here.