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Fortune Learns It's Great To Work At Google

David A. Utter
Staff Writer
Published: 2007-01-08

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Now that Google has been around long enough to be eligible for Fortune Magazine's "The 100 Best Companies to Work For" list, it promptly debuted at number one.

All that is missing is Casey Kasem reading a Long Distance Dedication from a reader who used to be CEO at Novell to complete the news of Google's chart topping arrival on the Fortune list.

Of course for everyone who isn't a Googler, they probably have a different Kasem moment in mind considering their place in the working world. (KIDS! That mp3 is not safe for work!)

Fortune compiles its list each year, and looks at factors like employee benefits in selecting companies.

"Our new No. 1 sets the standard for Silicon Valley: free meals, swimming spa, and free doctors onsite," the report said of Google. "No wonder Google gets 1,300 résumés a day."

Fortune credits Google's perks ("Google runs 11 free gourmet cafeterias at its Mountain View, Calif., headquarters.") and culture ("Life for Google employees at the Mountain View campus is like college.") in building a happy workplace. The company saw job growth of 67 percent in 2006.

Google is the most prominent computer-related technology company on the Fortune list, but not the only one making the top 100 companies. Network Appliance, Cisco, Qualcomm, Adobe, Intuit, Yahoo, and Microsoft all grabbed spots among the top 50 companies.

For everyone who isn't working for a top 100 company, and is secure enough to do so, it may be time to ask the head honchos why their company doesn't do the things that Google and others on the list do for their employees. (WebProNews is not responsible for demotions, firings, or chair throwings that could results from asking such questions of one's employers.)

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