Googleplex

BEFORE YOU WATCH THE VIDEO, THINK ABOUT THIS QUESTION: 

What have you heard about working at Google (specially regarding work environment)?

Googleplex

Vocabulary list: important words and expressions for the video

  • Perks: a special advantage or benefit, in addition to the money you're paid, that you're given because of your job - Benefício.
  • A.K.A: also known as - também conhecido como. Example: This is Google's Headquarters, AKA, Googleplex, a giant funhouse.
  • Endless: unlimited - infindável/ilimitado/sem fim. Example: At Googleplex, the perks are endless.
  • Grow their own food: plantar/cultivar a própria comida.
  • It's all on the house: paid by or courtesy of the merchant or establishment - é por conta da casa!
  • A six-pack: when you workout a lot and get your abdominal muscles defined - abdômen definido/"tanquinho".
  • Basement: a part of a building/house consisting of rooms that are below the ground level - subsolo/porão (é muito comum casas americanas terem um subsolo com sala/quartos e os donos alugarem para outras pessoas morarem).
  • Run some errands: to go out to buy or do something - realizar tarefas (do dia-a-dia pessoal). Example: if employees at Google need to run some errands during the day, they can borrow an electric Toyota Prius and go.
  • The wheels (slang): automobile/car - no vídeo será utilizado o termo "wheels" como gíria (slang), significando o carro em sí. Porém nos sentido formal, "wheel" pode ser roda ou volante.

Now, watch the video:

We recommend you watch the video at least twice.

In the first time, pay attention to the use of the vocabulary presented above.

Before playing it for the second time, take a look at the questions below. After watching it, try to answer them correctly. 

Now, answer the questions:

1. Where is Googleplex located:
(a) Motor Hill
(b) San Francisco
(c) Mountain View
(d) Zurich, Switzerland

2. Which of the perks below is NOT offered by Google according to the video?
(a) massage
(b) free meals
(c) personal trainers
(d) childcare 

3. How many building comprise the Googleplex campus
?
(a) 16
(b) 6
(c) 60
(d) 1

4. When do Googlers get a free massage?
(a) on their birthdays
(b) when they want to get rub down
(c) whenever they schedule it
(d) once in a while

5. What is considered a tradition from Google’s founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin?
(a) bouncing around on a physio ball
(b) using rollerblades in the office
(c) sleeping at the office
(d) doing their laundry in the office

6. How does the narrator refer to Zurich’s office?
(a) the craziest office
(b) the most international workplace
(c) victorian library
(d) the most expensive office

Check the answers at the end of the page.

Join the Discussion

Would you like to work at Google? What do you think are the pros and cons of this kind of work environment and structure?

9 respostas para “Googleplex”

  1. Hi Augusto, it is possible to activate the closed caption option inside the video (it is the button right after the minutes indicator).

    These subtitles are generated automatically, so they are not 100% accurate. In this video I’d say it is around 90% accurate, but it is helpful.

    1. Hi Daniel,

      In my opinion there are two main reasons:

      1. the good reason: this kind of environment stimulates creativity and these perks help to retain their talented employees.
      2. With all these perks people tend to spend a lot of time in the office and get completely immersed in the company. This is related to your second question: even though Google don’t disclose how many hours their employees work, probably it is much more than the “usual” 8 hours.

      Thank you for your contribution!

  2. 1. Where is Googleplex located:
    (a) Motor Hill
    2. Which of the perks below is NOT offered by Google according to the video?
    (d) childcare
    3. How many building comprise the Googleplex campus?
    (a) 16
    4. When do Googlers get a free massage?
    (a) on their birthdays
    5. What is considered a tradition from Google’s founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin?
    (d) doing their laundry in the office
    6. How does the narrator refer to Zurich’s office?
    (a) the craziest office

    1. Hi Ricardo,

      All answers are correct, except:
      1. Mountain View (“This is Google, in Mountain View, California”).
      6. The most international workplace (“and the most international workplace has got be: Zurich, Switzerland”).

      Cheers!

    1. Hi Thiago,

      These perks are definitely very expensive.

      The selection process at Google is very interesting since they analyse deeply if you fit in their corporate culture.

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