HR pros know how important it is to hire the right talent. A poor hiring decision can cost a company thousand of dollars, and over half of employers admit to making a bad hire. Not even the high-tech superstars of Silicon Valley are exempt from this dilemma. So what exactly does company culture look like in the valley?
Work From Home
Obviously tech companies are up-to-speed on trends, and one of those trends is letting employees work from home. Here are some insights from Twitter, Cisco and Google:
– Twitter allows employees to work in the office or outside, as long as they get their work done
– Cisco allows remote work from home, as long as it is accompanied by video communication; no audio
– Google admitted that its remote teams were just as productive as in-office teams
Competition & Culture
Behind every great company are great employees, right? Here are some facts about a few of the big players’ company culture:
– As you can imagine, jobs at Google are very competitive – from the 2 million applications it receives each year, only 5,000-7,000 applicants get hired
– Since Cisco considers “coaching” more important than salary, employees’ ability to grow is a metric of their satisfaction
Many companies offer great “perks”, but Google stands its ground as #1.
– Google is famous for many things, one of them being its employee perks. Staff members enjoy busses to work, free food & beer, and the famous “20/80” rule – if employees get their work done, they can spend 20% of their time on the clock working on independent projects.
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