„Emails. He’s been sending almost weekly emails with concrete suggestions on things like how to run meetings and decrease bureaucracy — not just talking about big strategic issues.

Bullpen sessions. He is conducting regular meetings where managers have to explain and justify what they’re working on.

Engineer. He’s viewed as „one of us“ by the engineers, and they expect — and hope — he will reorganize the company to put more technical people in charge all the way down to the product group level.

Visionary. He wants Google to do challenging technical things at massive scale.

Among the „big company“ problems they cited:

Time. The fabled „20% time,“ where employees were allowed to use up to 20% of their work day for a personal project, was blown way out of proportion by the press. A few projects like Gmail came out of it in the early days, but most employees didn’t have enough spare time to use it, and it hasn’t been an effective retention tool for several years now.

Career stagnation. Although Google will make spectacular counteroffers to valued folks who are considering leaving, a lot of the rank and file are frustrated with the promotions process and don’t have any clear idea how they’ll be able to move up — or increase their salary.

Bureaucracy. It’s much harder to get new projects approved — more people have to sign off, and some proposals are shot down because a similar thing is already being done elsewhere in the company.

viaGoogle: Here’s What Googlers Think Of New CEO Larry Page So Far.

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