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Comment: Re: What are you discussing? (Score -1, Offtopic) 58

Dear Anonymous Coward:

Better late than never; in reply to by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 15, 2013 @04:01PM (#43455093) :

We are discussing "many other workplaces". HTH

The point http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3632275&cid=43410689 was: why to discuss whether the Google idea of productivity is a bad fit for "many other workplaces" or not if you have no idea what you are talking about?

Those who never have been with Google do not really know the ground truth about life at Google. Those who are with Google at the moment of this writing are not going to speak up here (at least to say anything contrary to rosy pictures) if they want to keep working for Google. Those who left had signed NDA and still may hold Google shares, etc.

Thanks.

BK

Comment: Re:Conglomerate much? (Score 1) 167

1. Why "go ahead and spend as much of your worktime on your own project as you like ..." cannot also mean "... but if your project fails you shall pay dearly"? Nothing against Google. Purely logical and hypothetical question. 2. It is established that in actuality not everyone is happy with Google jobs, by the way: http://tech.slashdot.org/story/12/08/21/2028207/the-worst-job-at-google-a-year-of-watching-terrible-things-on-the-internet 3.a. If someone comes to a gas station and buys a powerball ticket, which hits a jackpot, such outcome will not depend on whether the idea to buy that ticket was her own or she got inspired by collaborative brainstorming with coworkers and whether her manager was good or bad. The outcome is just sheer luck. Moreover, the successful outcome in her case does not even mean that buying that ticket was necessarily a good idea in general as tens of millions of less successful powerball players constantly learn. 3.b. In the same vein, the fact that many (in accordance with the message which started this discussion) tried to replicate Google' culture and failed to benefit from it rather indicates that Google financial success is not really a result of its culture.

Comment: What are you discussing? (Score 1) 167

Those who never have been with Google do not really know the ground truth about life at Google. Those who are with Google at the moment of this writing are not going to speak up here (at least to say anything contrary to rosy pictures) if they want to keep working for Google. Those who left had signed NDA and still may hold Google shares, etc.

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