I have attended Google’s recruitment talk in NUS on Wednesday. The talk is only for those who are interested in doing engineering. They talk about the well-know facts about Google, like those information easily found on the Google’s website. They talk about the free meals they have in Google, which spins off all the topics of the evening: what you will get in Google? Food. Interestingly enough, I am not particularly interested in doing engineering. So I raised several questions. One of them is
“Do you look to Yahoo! and Microsoft, talk to them or compete with them?” The answer was totally non-sense : “We don’t compete with them at all, we compete with ourselves only.”
And here is the quote from Times Magazine interview with the top three people in Google:
SCHMIDT: With all the headlines we’re making, we don’t want our announcements
to surprise or confuse anyone. We don’t want our partners to think we’re
competing against them.
So either the guy is really well brain-washed or he is simple carrying out the Google’s strategy, which is stated by Eric as follows:
SCHMIDT: We try very hard to look like we’re out of control. But in fact the
company is very measured. And that’s part of our secret.
I think a simple recruitment talk is part of the strategy as well. Techically the guy was on holiday. And he still chose to come to give a talk with a few colleges and brought T-shirt.
PAGE: We don’t generally talk about our strategy … because it’s strategic.
I would rather have people think we’re confused than let our competitors know
what we’re going to do. That’s an easy trade-off.
And I think being mysterious is the best way of describing Google in the strategy.
When he is being asked about his retirement plan besides 401K plan. He has a well-expected answer: