Highlights from Reddit users’ chat with an anonymous Google employee:
Is it considered taboo in Google culture to go home at 5pm, like it is a lot of places in the software industry lately?
I don’t think it’s taboo to go home at 5. I sometimes go home much earlier. My personal policy is that if I realize I am being entirely ineffective (say, I’m overly tired or having a bad day, or just not in the groove), I won’t waste my or Google’s time by sitting and staring at my workstation – I go home. On the days where I’m in the groove and making great progress, I’ll keep working from home in the evenings (because I want to).
Does anyone work from home or is it compulsory to work at the office?
Tons of people work from home. If you can do your job, there’s no real requirement on where you are. Of course, there are advantages to being in the office – face to face time with coworkers, being able to be in a meeting in person, etc. But there’s no requirement that you be in the office at any time.
What’s the dress code like?
I don’t think we have one. I think it falls under the other codes, primarily “don’t be a jackass.” But I’ve seen folks in suits, kilts, pajamas, sweats, etc.
What is the use of Google products like inside Google, like would it be acceptable to submit a report or document using Docs or have a professional long distance meeting over a hangout?
Extensive. If anyone submitted a report or doc with something other than Docs, they’d get funny looks and probably get mocked mercilessly ;) We use hangouts all the time. We really believe in “eating our own dogfood”./CONTINUES