INSIDER spoke to seven Googlers who shared what their favorite perks are in 2017. Here’s a closer look.
The views expressed below are those of Google’s employees and do not necessarily reflect the views of the company itself.
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Perhaps one of Google’s most well-known perks, employees can eat every meal at work for free — and save a ton of money.
While many companies offer its employees an array of snacks, Google’s employees have access to campus cafes, micro kitchens, and endless options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
One Googler, a software engineer who works on Search Infrastructure, told INSIDER, “This is silly, but of all the food that they give us […] one of my favorites is the chocolate mousse in the La Place cafe. It’s served every day at lunch, and it’s absolutely heavenly. Sometimes I’ll stash away some mousse for a mid-afternoon ‘mousse break’ with co-workers.”
More importantly, the free food lets employees “cut down on personal costs significantly,” said a former intern and incoming full-time employee at Googleplex — the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California.
In addition to the free food, employees can also take free cooking classes to learn how to make new dishes or bond with their teammates.
According to the Googler working on Search Infrastructure, Google also offers free cooking classes and team building workshops at various offices across the US.
“One of my favorite classes was Pad Kee Mao. Beyond learning to cook new things, it’s also a great opportunity to meet new people in the office outside of those you work with, or getting to know your teammates better,” the software engineer said.
Googlers can attend or help organize Talks at Google — a program that lets employees bring in speakers who interest them.
The software engineer also told INSIDER about the diverse range of speakers that come in to talk to Google employees. This includes authors discussing their newly-released books, Broadway casts or creative teams chatting about their experiences, chef giving demonstrations, and more. Celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Ryan Reynolds have also graced the Talks at Google stage.
“This is one of my favorite perks because the speakers they bring in are always very interesting and compelling. I personally love when the cast/creative teams of shows will come in (Josh Groban was here a few weeks ago for Great Comet, and there’s a panel in a week or so filled with the some of the 2017 Tony nominees), but I’ve also attended some very eye-opening and thought-provoking talks — for example, Nikole Hannah-Jones came a few months ago to discuss modern day segregation in the public school system.”
The good news? Even if you’re not a Google employee, you can catch most of the Talks on YouTube here.