We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
These weren't true even in 2009 when the article was published. Asking the brain teaser questions will get you reprimanded or worse. And for the exact reason you would think: they are ridiculous and a good indicator only that you've heard that particular brain teaser before.
I interviewed with them in 2004. It wasn't that bad. However, they wanted my college transcript from 1984. Odd? Yes.
They no longer want the transcript.
I had to take a test, aced it.
I still didn't get hired.
All I can say is I had tons of experience at that point, and they were looking for people who 'thought out of the box'. Nevermind that I knew the guy I was interviewing with and he was so 'in the box' you can't possibly imagine.
I've since used them as vendors on many occasions. I'm not impressed. They are self-centered idiots who proclaim their greatness at every turn. If I hear one of them say "well, we're Google and you have to work with us" one more time, I'll go nuts.
They refuse to negotiate on contracts in a meaningful way.
They tout their benefits to steal your employees (I've had 3 leave now, all either returned or left Google - the reason they have such great benefits is you're not expected to have a life).
They have free food, which was cool. I didn't mind visiting them because free is good.
They have a 'play' area to help people relax and think a little. The one I saw had beanbag chairs, air hockey, legos, ping pong, and a series of games like pop-a-shot. The weirdest thing there? 2 Lego busts. One of Larry Page, one of Sergei Brin. Um, yeah. I was told "we like these guys so much, we felt we'd pay homage by building these fun busts." A little too weird for me.
Some of the relationships I have are with companies purchased by Google. While these employees consider themselves 'googlers', those that came over in the transition recognize they are not. They got wealthy as a result of the purchase (most of them) but realize Google doesn't consider them real members of 'the team'. They really do act differently than other members of the Google team.
It's a weird place. It may be a great place to work, but you need a weird mindset to work there.