I am a passionate Google observer and interacting with the company in person, in its own “habitat,” was insightful.
On the Google bus ride from the San Jose Convention Center to the Googleplex for the Google Dance, I sat with a new Google AdWords recruit.
The twenty-something Googler epitomized Google’s desire to recruit people sharing the vision that “There's still so much for us to dream and do.”
According to Google Jobs:
Can one conversation change the world?
Quick and direct access to information can deliver news from abroad, encourage a child's curiosity, and reunite long-lost friends. It can also produce ideas that transform how people live their lives.
At Google, our strategy is simple: we hire great people and encourage them to make their dreams a reality. We believe in hard work, a fun atmosphere, and the sort of creativity that only comes about when talented people from diverse backgrounds approach problems from varying perspectives. Googlers have been Olympic athletes and Jeopardy champions; professional chefs and independent film makers. And whether you work at our headquarters in Mountain View, California, or in any of our locations around the world, we think you'll find Google a place where you can aspire to outsized accomplishments.
There's still so much for us to dream and do.
At the conference, however, Google’s seeming ambush of industry collaborators at the “Auditing Paid Listings & Click Fraud Issues,” panel, epitomized Google’s desire to dominate via ruthless competition: