Google began in 1998 as a research project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two PhD students at Stanford University. They developed a new internet search algorithm called PageRank that ranked search results based on the number of other pages linking to them. Google employees determined that these must be the most important pages for a search query.
Initially launched from a garage as a university research tool, Google’s search engine soon outperformed existing search engines like AltaVista and Lycos due to its superior technology and focus on relevance and quality. Google Inc. was incorporated in 1998 and quickly dominated online search and search advertising.
Today, Google has become the world’s most popular internet search engine, handling over 3.5 billion daily searches and controlling over 90% of global search traffic. Its parent company, Alphabet, has grown to be one of the tech industry’s Big Five companies worth over $1 trillion.
Beyond internet search, Google has diversified into email, cloud computing, software, and hardware products and moved into industries like healthcare, self-driving cars, artificial intelligence, and more. Products like Gmail, Android, Chrome, Maps, and Google Cloud have billions of users worldwide. Google’s continual innovation and intelligent algorithms aim to organize the world’s information universally.
Employees reveal the hidden costs of speaking out.
Google employees has free food and nap pods—but several employees say it also has hostile managers.
Meredith Whittaker and Claire Stapleton were both organizers of the Walkout for Real Change in November, during which 200,000 employees “walked out” to protest sexual misconduct, “golden parachutes” for the accused, and other forms of discrimination at Google.
News Collected by Vikram Rajoori
On Monday, the two employees sent out an internal letter detailing the ways management has allegedly retaliated against multiple employee organizers, Wired reported.
The walkout was a watershed moment for employees that resulted in progressive changes to some Google policies. However, in the months since, both organizers have felt their work environments change drastically for the worse, and they report that “several” organizers have had similar experiences.
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