No wonder Google just topped another employee satisfaction survey (this one in Australia).
The company has long been known for its lavish free lunches, employee massages, and huge bonuses to retain talented engineers.
But this week it seems to be working overtime.
On Wednesday, Google announced a new beer. That’s right — Delaware brewery Dogfish Head, which makes some of the best IPAs in the country, took suggestions from thousands of Google employees around the world to make the ideal beer. Among other ingredients, they added Google honey — yes, Google apparently has its own hives in Mountain View. The result, called Urkontinent, will be available at Dogfish Head’s brewpub for a limited time, and at other beer festivals.
Knowing how Google works, it’s a safe bet that Googlers will get to taste the beer at events and perhaps on tap at headquarters as well.
But that’s just normal life at Google. For really outstanding performance, they fly you to Hawaii. As Mike Arrington and Liz Gannes at AllThingsD reported, Google has sent 450 members of the Google+ team to Maui for an offsite this week — some work might be done, but basically it’s a reward for the public launch of their Facebook-killer last week.
Here’s the 13-minute video about that Google beer: