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Is Google Just As Secretive as Apple?
Google is continuously ranked as one of the top companies to work for. Who hasn't stared in awe at images of the Googaplex or drooled…
Google is continuously ranked as one of the top companies to work for. Who hasn't stared in awe at images of the Googaplex or drooled over all those fancy employee amenities? Everyone has heard about the $1,000 bonus and 10% raise that they have recently gave to all of their employees, but that doesn't necessarily mean Google is all smiles and rainbows. As mentioned by gizmodo:
We've heard that Apple's so secretive that it fires people just for mentioning product code-names, but Google might not be much more lenient either. Supposedly the search engine giant fires "an average of two people" per month for leaking secrets.
Maybe that's why we haven't found a Google Chrome OS netbook lying in a bar somewhere. I see this as a necessary evil for any company that's so centered in the public's eye. Google is at the frontier of technology and when employees leak company secrets they risk harming Google's competitive edge. Additionally, there may be important insider trading implications to the leaks. I still like to believe that Google is trying to hold true to their "Don't Be Evil" mantra, even in spite of their strong-handed approach to security.
image from Google