You have never really “fit in” and have always been teased for being a “nerd”. After all, while the “popular kids” were hanging out at the high school football game cheering on the school team, you were at the science fair demonstrating a new program that you developed. Things didn’t change much for you in college either. While your roommate was out partying, you were in the computer lab perfecting your new app. One day, however, you will have the last laugh once you land a job at Google, right?
The problem, however, is that you are not the only tech geek vying for one of the most highly sought-after spots at the Holy Grail of Silicon Valley. According to a new survey, most undergraduate computer science majors believe that Google is the perfect employer. On the other hand, most equal rights and pay advocates believe that the Mountain View, California search giant is just another hub for the “boy’s club” in the tech industry. So, what are your chances of becoming a Google employee?
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Tech Geek Paradise
Just like in the movie ‘Revenge of the Nerds’, when a group of bullied outsiders and oddballs hash out a plan to fight for respect, you have developed your own strategy. Your goal is to get hired by Google and become a successful tech industry executive. Well, you are not alone.
According to the new survey, over 3,200 computer science majors from 275 universities think that Google is the utopia for tech geeks. Conducted by Universum Global, an international talent search firm, the survey also found that over 50 percent of students preferred to work for the web company over its competitors this year, a small increase from last year. As a matter of fact, Google has reigned supreme as the best employer in the tech industry, and has topped Universum’s list for the last seven years. Why?
“We give our people tremendous freedom,” Laszlo Bock, Google’s head of people operations, told Fast Company. “We use science to figure out what makes teams work.”
Bock also explains why the tech giant is such a “special” place to work. In his book, ‘Work Rules’, which will hit bookshelves later this month, Bock provides an insider’s look into Google’s unconventional hiring process and its untraditional recruiting methods. Such conversations about Google, according to Fast Company, usually lead to a discussion about the company perks that its employees enjoy such as the nap pods, free gourmet food, and exercise classes.
It’s those perks and other bragging rights that make getting hired by Google a mission for most tech geeks. However, only a few thousand out of the two million applicants that apply every year are invited in for an interview. According to Fast Company, this makes Google 25 times more finicky than the ivy-league universities like Harvard, Yale or Princeton where the company often finds its recruits. Another major obstacle to getting hired by Google is the company’s lack of diversity.
The “Boy’s Club”
Like other tech companies, it’s no secret that Google has a problem with diversity. And the diversity data disclosures that were released last year by some of the largest tech companies confirm it. According to Inc.com, the overall U.S. workforce is over 90 percent white and Asian at Facebook, LinkedIn, and yes, Google, too. At all four companies, says Inc.com, only three to four percent of employees are Hispanic and two percent black. When it comes to gender, approximately 70 percent of the workers at each company are men.
After the report was released, Google admitted that it needs to do a better job of recruiting more women and minorities, and the company also stated its continued commitment toward improving diversity in a blog post. But Google’s attempt to stand out from the other tech giants accused of gender discrimination failed when the former San Francisco-based software engineer, Kelly Ellis posted comments in February that she was repeatedly sexually harassed by two of her managers while working at the company.
“It was Rod Chavez saying to me in Maui, ’It’s taking all of my self-control not to grab your ass right now,’” Ellis posted on Google + and Twitter, as reported by SF Weekly.
So, unless you are a white or Asian man, good luck with your plan to infiltrate Google.