Working at Google is something many a geek aspires to, and the job has lots of perks (free food, impressive benefits, share options, the list goes on). But it's also a big shock if you're used to a more conventional employer, as the company's Australian managing director discovered.
Picture: CeBIT Australia
Speaking at Google's Atmosphere event in Sydney today, Maile Carnegie described how she had found working at Google in the year since she took the top job. Previously, Carnegie was employed by consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble (the picture above dates from that period), and she said one of the most frequent questions she is asked is how the two differ.
I've gone from a 175-year-old dinosaur into a 15-year-old adolescent . . . The biggest change is the culture, and one of the most fundamental parts of that culture is the tech and tools available for me. The level of collaboration, the agility, are just mind-blowingly different to what I had at P&G.
Presumably there's not as many free toothbrushes at Google, but it seems an improvement overall.