Google 'do evil' on their employees with childrenMikey 8 comments
For a company that allegedly lives by a 'do no evil' mantra, Google have dropped the ball big time, and their employees with children are at the receiving end.
If you didn't already know, Google provides in-house day care for their employees. At $US1,425 a month per month it's not free but it's certainly convenient to have your kids near-by.
But now Google reckons parents have had it too easy, and plan to increase the day-care charges that would see parents with 2 kids currently paying $US33,000 per year now pay more than $US57,000 per year.
When Google held a series of focus groups with parents when the news was announced, some of them openly cried at the news, and it was a general consensus that most of them would have to dump Google's day-care services and search for a cheaper alternative.
Google co-founder Sergey Brin (who is without children) has absolutely no sympathy, saying he was tired of the employees who felt entitled to perks. It should be noted that a Google representative (damage control) has allegedly outright lied and said that Brin never made those comments, although several people in the meeting claim he certainly did.
Part of the problem which may have caused all of this to happen is Google's eagerness to help the employees with the day-care in the first place. Although having their heart in the right place, it sounds like Google may have been too enthusiastic, forking out top dollars for top facilities.
Google's first day care, Kinderplex, had low teacher-child ratios, clean facilities and the teachers were top notch. Their second facility, The Woods, was so good that it made Kinderplex look bad. This was all happening when Google was relatively young and had around 200 day-care spots. Now with over 19,000 employees several of which are starting families, suddenly there is a waiting list that could see your kids sitting on the bench for 2 years before getting a spot, which couldn't be afforded anyway.
Eventually some bean counter at Google realised that the company was subsidising each child at the cost of around $US37,000 per year, which is extremely high compared to other companies that do subsidise around 12,000.
So the bottom line is, Google are only thinking about the bottom line. Instead of looking for a way to cover the cost of the high subsidy, and let's face it - Google know business and could easily make this happen - they reckon the only way is to bloat the price of admission and alienate their employees at the same time.
That, IMHO, is far from evil.