Values to love
Many Yahoo! values were put into practice by two guys (David Filo and Jerry Yang) in a trailer some time ago (1994). Today Yahoo! has 11,000 employees worldwide.
Excerpts from Yahoo! We Value…
Excellence: We are committed to winning with integrity.
Customer Fixation: We respect our customers above all else and never forget that they come to us by choice.
Teamwork: We treat one another with respect and communicate openly.
Fun: We believe humor is essential to success. We applaud irreverence and don’t take ourselves too seriously. We celebrate achievement. We yodel.
What we don’t value…
Bureaucracy, broken links, decaf, arrogance, shoes worn at all times, micromanaging, bad grammar, ALL CAPS, one size fits all, typos…
© 2004 Yahoo! Inc.
Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google in 1998. The company has more than 10,500 employees worldwide.
Excerpts from Google Code of Conduct
Our informal corporate motto is “Don’t be evil.”
The core message is simple: Being Googlers means striving toward the highest possible standard of ethical business conduct. …our most important asset by far is our reputation as a company that warrants our users’ faith and trust. …every Googler is expected to do his or her utmost to promote a respectful workplace culture that is free of harassment, intimidation, bias and discrimination of any kind.
Our Dog Policy
Google’s respect and affection for our canine friends is an integral facet of our corporate culture. We have nothing against cats, per se, but we’re a dog company, so as a general rule we feel cats visiting our campus would be fairly stressed out.
Of course, anyone can write wonderful value statements, and they do.
Yahoo! and Google have multitudes of people who want to work for them. Google's hiring process is grueling and extensive. Newsweek Dec. 2, 2005: "Virtually every person who interviews at Google talks to at least half-a-dozen interviewers, drawn from both management and potential colleagues. Everyone's opinion counts.." http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10296177/site/newsweek/
(Very interesting article. I recommend you read it.)
Their workforces expect civility. Their values and codes are written in the language of the people, easily accessible. Google's code is more than nine screens long. "Employees who are found to have violated this Code are subject to discipline up to and including immediate discharge."
You can google...and find people who were not impressed with the hiring process, people who think they'd not want to work at Google.
I am impressed that they value people who work well with others to learn, to solve problems for the good of the company. There's some humility. There's democracy. Definitely esprit de corps. Isn't this a circle? People want to work for them because it's a good company. It's a good company because only people who live the values are hired and survive.
“Obviously everyone wants to be successful, but I want to be looked back on as being very innovative, very trusted and ethical and ultimately making a big difference in the world.”
-- Sergey Brin, cofounder of Google (1973- )
Blogs by Google employees, http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2007/02/happy-v-dayfido.html
Yahoo! Blogs, http://yodel.yahoo.com/