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Why People Dream About Working For Google

It's not just about the free food, rock-climbing walls and massages. Though that helps.
A cyclist rides past Google Inc. offices inside the Googleplex headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.
A cyclist rides past Google Inc. offices inside the Googleplex headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.

Fortune's annual list of the best places to work is out, and Google has once again snagged the top spot.

It's the seventh time the company has ranked first in 10 years, and that's not exactly surprising. Google has consistently been known for its happy employees and amazing perks. 

"If you treat people better and you give them freedom -- some small measure of freedom -- they’ll do amazing things," Laszlo Bock, who heads up people operations at Google, told HuffPost last year.

In addition to showering its employees with endless food, in-office rock climbing walls and massages, Google also gives five months of paid maternity leave and lets employees give feedback on their bosses.  

The breakfast bar at in the employee cafeteria of Google Inc.'s campus in Kirkland, Wash.
The breakfast bar at in the employee cafeteria of Google Inc.'s campus in Kirkland, Wash.

Like many tech companies, though, Google has been rather lacking when it comes to diversity. But the company been transparent about its weaknesses. And it's been big on sharing its knowledge with other employers.

In 2015, the company disclosed that black employees made up 2 percent of its workforce and Hispanic employees 3 percent; 30 percent of its workers were women at the time. These figures were largely unchanged from 2014, when the company issued its first diversity report.

Diversity reports from others in the tech industry aren't showing much progress either: Women are underrepresented at LinkedIn, eBay and Apple. Though Pinterest, for example, is now ramping up hiring efforts by bringing in new leadership specially geared toward recruiting women and minority candidates.

An employee climbs the rock wall in the fitness center at Google Canada's engineering headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario, Cana
An employee climbs the rock wall in the fitness center at Google Canada's engineering headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

In November, Google released data on how it builds teams that are productive and work well together -- because that's key to making sure the company is cranking out the best ideas and products. The tech giant identified several crucial "dynamics" to creating a successful team: psychological safety, dependability, structure and clarity, meaning and impact.

"If you want a diversity of ideas and people, that goes back to psychological safety and clarity and trust," Google spokeswoman Roya Soleimani told HuffPost at the time. "As a company we’re working on this in every way possible." 

A cyclist rides past Google Inc. offices inside the Googleplex headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.
A cyclist rides past Google Inc. offices inside the Googleplex headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.
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