Googlers Take On Company Day Care Costs

Is some of the magic at Google starting to fade? Is the company who’s motto is ‘Do No Evil’ starting to falter? You decide after reading this story. It seems that one of the perks of working at Google is the fact that day care is provided on Google’s property by trained staff. Cost for the pro care is a whopping $1,425 a month. But the price hit a not so ‘do no evil’ price of $2,500 a month.

I am sure we all agree that Google pays their people well. But $2,500 a month sounds just a little high to me.  The Google employees staged a min revolt over the increase and win a semi win in which the price will be tiered over a period of time but will still hit the high number down the road. In the story it states:

 Under the new plan, parents with two kids in Google day care would most likely see their annual day care bill grow to more than $57,000 from around $33,000.

At the first of the three focus groups, parents wept openly. As word leaked out about the company’s plan, the Google parents began to fight back. They came up with ideas to save money, used the company’s T.G.I.F. sessions — a weekly meeting for anyone who wanted to ask questions of Google’s top executives — to plead their case, and conducted surveys showing that most parents with children in Google day care would have to leave Google’s facilities and find less expensive child care.

Do you think you know how this story ends? You’re probably guessing that because it involves “do no evil” Google, Fortune magazine’s “Best Company to Work For” the past two years, this is a heart-warming tale of a good company reversing a dumb decision.

Also this:

“There are many things about Google that are not great, and merit improvement,” blogged Sergey Solyanik, who recently returned to Microsoft after a stint at Google. “There are plenty of silly politics, under performance, inefficiencies and ineffectiveness, and things that are plain stupid.” Starting, it would appear, with day care.

Excuse me. $57k for two kids? I know it’s the SF Bay Area but that sounds just a little high. The kids are not going to Stanford. It is day care. I think Google should really take a hard look at the pricing and come up with a pricing that is fair for the company and parents.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


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  • the oracle

    I read an article – from the quote it looks like the same one- and was amazed at the price. But the article states that the children are getting the kind of care that kids sent to Montessori schools get. This was prompted by Mr. Brin’s sister-in-law. Although it’s probably going to help turn out some extremely bright children, with all the other expenses of Northern California, the parents must be thinking that a pay raise is needed.

    Mr. Brin was to have said that he didn’t feel sorry for the employees. It was denied, but I can see the point.

    Nowhere does it say that an inalienable right while working is childcare. That’s what grandparents are for. And if, sadly, there are no grandparents, then someone must work there, that has a husband or wife that is staying at home
    – or could stay at home,
    by opening affordable day care, and charging enough to offset staying home, yet providing a service for the workers.

  • Ryan

    I really can’t bring myself to feel sorry for them, there are people who don’t have jobs, MOST people don’t have jobs that pay as well as Google.

    And most people in the country work for less than $10 an hour and have to get real creative and live horrible stressful lives trying to do a balancing act between a ruinous dead end job and a couple kids.

    If you look at everything Google does to pamper it’s employees, it’s really quite extravagant, so I don’t think that people who have jobs that 98% of the country could envy have any room to complain.

  • Wolfhard

    I just have one question:
    If you pay $ 1425 (let alone $ 2500) per month for DAYCARE ONLY and add all the other cost of living – how much do you earn working for google!????
    OK it’s google – but this seems to be another dimension to me 😉 Can they really pay THAT much???

  • [email protected]

    Simple solution: stop having kids!

  • Ron Schenone

    Hello Wolfhard,
    The average pay for software programmers in SF is about $100k a year. I believe Google pays above average. There are also a lot of perks as well.

  • Ryan

    I think that Google is in a bubble right now because most people hate/distrust Microsoft and Yahoo, otherwise their operations aren’t very efficient.

    I mean, if I was CEO of Google, there would be some changes, now I wouldn’t turn it into a cubicle gulag, but it wouldn’t be the “lighting cash on fire” attitude there is now.

    The sour grapes from the employees is because they’re used to being spoiled.

    Have you seen the tuition reimbursement? The health care package? The retirement benefits? The cafeteria for crying out loud???

    And what other company gives you one paid working day a week to “exercise your creativity” with your own pet projects?

    There are Google programmers working on the Linux kernel or Firefox (etc) for one workday each week, just cause thats what they like to do.

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