Did you ever wonder where is the corporate heaven?
Well, I have a potential answer – Silicon Valley! And I had the chance to go there. Moreover, I had the chance to go inside a company that is very close to the notion of „The best company to work for” – Facebook! Their HQ is located in Palo Alto, CA, which is around 25 minutes drive from Downtown San Francisco! I ended up there by meeting a couchsurfing friend in San Francisco! He is a happy Facebook employee…
It doesn’t look like a global headquarters of a multi-billion dollar company, but more as a summer camp, like that:
It’s a park, surrounded by nice, not-too-intimidating buildings, where 4000 people manage the 1.1 billion Facebook accounts.
Employees have no strict schedule, and no direct supervisor. So apparently, they can come whenever they want, and leave in the same fashion. So it’s up to the employee how he deals with the tasks he’s managing. How cool is that?
I was wondering, to they ever leave this place? Because facilities Facebook provides are at least impressive, 5 different cuisine restaurants, one big cafeteria, one ice-cream shop, free bikes, free drinks, free snacks, free umbrella, free toothpaste, free toothbrush, free laundry, free repair service for your gadgets, and any other free you can invent. Fortunately, me and my friend Jasurbek were able to try some of their free stuff. It was overwhelming, the only hard thing is to choose where to eat, and what to drink
Yes, we also saw Zuckerberg. He was in a meeting though, and we couldn’t say hello. But damn it, he looks impressive, for a guy who you see only on Bloomberg and CNN news reports.
How much Facebook employees earn?
In America, it’s not polite at all to ask someone about their salary, so I didn’t have the guts to my friend, but according to public information, even an intern can earn at least $75,000/year.
What about Google?
Googleplex is about 15 minutes drive from Facebook HQ, and its facilities are (at least) slightly better than what Facebook has to offer. Sadly though, we couldn’t go inside the working process and get some inside information (because we had no friends @ Google), but as people say, if there is a corporate heaven – Google is that one: along all the free facilities that Facebook has, Google also gives their employees, free transportation to/from workplace, free apartments, free hotel rooms, right across the Googleplex, free baby care center and some other free’s – Google them.
I’ll reach Google too, (not as an employee though), give me some time