why Google Malaysia din do nothin’ 4 me…

Let’s get this clear: I AM NOT DISHING google, google Malaysia, gen-Y, gen-Z, the Millenias, clickers …etc.

Now, chill. I’ll be an idiot to dish google. Firstly, it is so ingrained in my everyday lingo where honestly I would have said more “google” between the hours of 9 am to 12 noon than “good morning”.

This of course has a lot to do with my grouchy a.m. side, and “just google” is really sayin’: MORON, STOP BOTHERING ME. GO RESEARCH IT ON YOUR OWN … DO I LOOK LIKE YOUR DICTIONARY TO YOU?!?

Secondly, the opportunity to step into Google Malaysia office is not one that comes by every so often. We ain’t talking about a coffee shop, a bank branch or a public toilet here where literally every man on the street would be able to walk into it.

What makes the experience even more brag-able was the fact that the visit was rather timely – it happened just a couple of days after the local tabloid newspaper ran a feature article on: “how hip and wonderful it is to work in Google Malaysia”.

Furthermore, (need I say this again?) everyone is entitled to an opinion – freedom of speech and expression has never been more acute ever since Tim Berners-Lee invented the world wide web; goggle being the search engine of the triple W world would gettit.

But lastly, like the PayPal Asia stint I had last year? 19 months ago? (I can’t recall is really an unimportant point), this arrangement with Google.my is rather similar. See, in the symbiotic world of the triple W, the more embedded you are in the ecosystem and the more wide spread your network and sharing is, everyone wins. What the heck am I sayin’? Oh blimmey: go GOOGLE SETH GODIN!  

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In any case, on the day I was destined to make the trip to Google Malaysia’s office, word got out like wild fire. Three quick observations:

  1. I apparently have IT/ application developers on payroll at Scrap-n-Crop.com
  2. I do have long-lost brothers and cousins and uncles and what-not “blood relations” that has google listed as their dream employer which I am suppose to know
  3. I am the most selfish “employer”/”relative” for not bringing anyone along!

{smirk – life is too short, I’ve forgiven all in 1. and 2.}

Interestingly, it was the above 3 factors that got me so upbeat and determined to photograph google’s office – openly and at a sly.

Some parts are photograph-able (despite having signs that says otherwise).

And some parts are just off limit zones like the open desk – hoteling system work stations with a Kelisa cut into half and custom fitted with cushions as a sofa set to the side of the open work space by the floor-to-ceiling glass windows, or the arcade machine at the corner.

Question is:

who in the sane mind would plonk themselves on the sofa in the middle of a busy work day?

who in heavens sake will have the {blip} to fire up the arcade games machine sending off weird background noises in the middle of a working day?

Google Malaysia office, reminds me of the offices I have been in: Accenture, Bloomberg and SAP to be precise.

Having spent my past live in one of them which features a pool table, smoking rooms (like those in airport lounges), massage chairs, sofas with comfy scatter cushions, pantry stocked to brim with every imaginable sugar rush food only to be replaced in the last decade with health bars, low fat yogurt and real coffee, I personally found the allure of the above go *poof* the moment you are showed the real work area:

work benches lining up back-to-back in a large open space area that usually have bright funky accent walls, cool IKEA silver pendant lights hanging down that serves to only shine on balding spots, some miserable potted plants defying nature and a “personal” work space that’s just enough to accommodate a 15″ laptop, a coffee mug and some demilitarized-zone type of margin that avoids elbow fights to take place between yourself and the occupants to the right and left

If that’s not depressingly proletariat enough, the concept of hoteling also translate to an individual having only a pigeon hole or a pedestal on wheels to call theirs, often stashed into some dungeon when you’re not being bench-ed in the office. There’s really no special spot to call your own, cubicle walls for posters that inspires you and most definitely not an inch space for your personal knick knacks.

The very concept and word “bench-ed” is in my opinion demoralizing.

And for that I am in the opinion that any professional sportsmen who’s bench-ed or put on the reserve list should be compensated more in guaranteed income for lack of exposure and opportunity to earn misc. sponsorship type of income, if not for the obvious psychological damage of being bench-ed and reserved causes the soul.

However, being bench-ed is really inevitable in the consulting and IT world where work does get seasonal, which is by no means the fault of the individual associate – well, more often than not.

And it is during these low months where those recreational rooms built to create the illusion of work-life-balance or work-play-balance gets most used; not for recreational purposes, but rather as work spaces for the excess associates who were not able to be assigned a bench.

Simply put, there’s NO VACANCY in the “hotel” and you’re have to utilize the lobby, dining area, pool, toilets … ok, maybe not toilets, but you get the drift.

Past experience aside, my recent visit to Google Malaysia’s office reaffirms two things:

I am a true-blue Gen X. What drives me in my choice employer are (in order of importance):

  1. challenges (read: I am really contributing towards something and not the Gen Y‘s perceive care for things larger than themselves)
  2. immediate superior (the Leadership Team in my case)
  3. location & premises (preferably less than 1 hour commute, 5* toilet facilities and covered secured parking)
  4. rewards
  5. career progression opportunity and clarity

I am too far up the career ladder to be seduced by a “cool” workplace. Gimme my own room (back), car pay plan and driver allowances (back), a clearly defined MBO and strategy … and you’ve hit home run with me. Long story short: you’ve got to at least match 45 out of 50 of the items in my benefits/ perquisite negotiation list … yes, it is that long, and doubly yes, you can PM me for that list!



3 thoughts on “why Google Malaysia din do nothin’ 4 me…

  1. Pingback: office engagement… | {the other 1/2 of} Haque

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