Blog Post 6 (Google):
We went to Google. We went to the internet. We went to the company that seems to be slowly taking over the world. A company that is the rare combination of old school and new school. A company who's revolutionary culture seems to be on par with myth. We went to Google, and honestly, it wasn't what I was expecting.
The campus was obviously unreal. We started in what I assume was a smaller building on the campus, but it was still crazy. From the full bar, to the fireman's pole (that was actually used), it had all the knick knacks that you've heard about. We eventually made our way to other very impressive buildings, and ended up eating at the Google Cafeteria (a whole experience in itself). Although the physical world that Google has created is truly one of a kind, the visit left me with much to be desired.
Most companies seemed to be very interested in us, and acted as an ocean of knowledge that we could dive into, in the hopes it will help us find our way into the workforce. At Google, it was more like "Here's Google, we have awesome things." Don't get me wrong, it was a unique experience that very few people get to see, and our hosts were very kind and helpful, but it felt like the whole tour was an attempt to convince us that Google is the greatest company in the world. At no point did I sense any humility. I can understand why when your company has been turned into a mammoth like Google has, but it felt very forced at times. One of the most important things I've learned on this trip is that we should always be looking for ways to improve our selves and gain experience. Although Google's actions would suggest that they do that, it seemed like a lot of the company felt like they were untouchable.
Again, I still think Google is a great company and I would never stop using their products. I was just expecting to see more of the gritty side of Google, instead, I think we saw only what they feel comfortable showing to the public. I'm still very grateful for their time, and don't regret it for a second!