Glassdoor.com came out with a list of the 50 best places to work according to the employees of said places. I was surprised, but not, that Facebook was #1. I was quite surprised that Google came in 29 places behind Facebook at #30. Given that there are many, may companies to work for in the world, in the grand scheme of things these are both awesome places to work at.
Yet, by reading some of the ratings for each company, you can also see why many former Googlers are heading to Facebook. Facebook’s employees talk about an open, non-hierarchical environment where they can experiment and try out news thing. Google’s employees do talk about the great perks of working there (top notch pay), but it seems that as the company matures, only engineers get to do any of the on-the-job experimenting.
I think the transition from scrappy innovator to established business is likely difficult for any new company that was initially built in a very non-corporate, creative way. In fact, I just read an article yesterday about how creative types don’t get promoted. Is it inevitable that a company that grows must become more constrained? I wonder if there might be any benefit to staying small.