Top critical review
23 April 2017
I found this book a struggle to read. It starts off badly with a boring introduction. It then goes on to describe the Google culture such as packing the software engineers closely together to help them communicate. I know from years of experience that most employees hate being packed together in an open plan office, as they get disturbed by all the colleagues talking. Managers, on the other hand love open plan offices - they are cheap and the they think that all the noise means the employees are being creative. The book has some insights. I liked the one about asking "what would I learn about you from looking at your internet browsing history?". That's a good one to ask interviewees. Lots of obvious stuff such as "hire smart people" - well, duh.... I would never have thought of that. I never really got the impression that Schmidt and Rosenberg really wrote this book. Maybe they just gave notes to a ghost writer and put their name on the cover to improve sales. There is a third author, a Google employee called Alan Eagle - maybe he did a lot of the writing. Anyway, you won't learn any secrets from reading this book. I was skimming the pages fast towards the end.