Google don’t use their own stuff – so why should you?

imageThis amused me today from a friend of mine who noticed this.  A job application on the Google website for the "Executive Assistant to the Executive Director, - San Francisco"

Check out point 3 from the mandatory job qualifications:


  • 5-8 years administrative experience in a fast-paced, high-tech environment; non-profit experience is a plus.
  • BA/BSc degree from a top-tier university.
  • Proven mastery of Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

  • Interest and experience in using technology to improve work efficiency.
  • Interest and experience in interacting with all levels and departments within a company - to include working with several field offices, domestic and international.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills, detail-oriented, and the ability to handle multiple priorities.

The implication seems clear - if they have "interest and experience in using technology to improve work efficiency" they'll need to be Microsoft Office experts.

Comments (6)
  1. Michael says:

    That is interesting, but not surprising, since Google’s web Office is rather lame.

    One of the main reasons why I still suggest people get a good (and cheap!) copy of Office when they can. Most employers want Office skills.

    You guys should really get to work on putting a web version of Office, fast. As long as there’s one, it will probably open up more people to use Office. Instead of the price tag being the reason not to.

  2. lol. that’s funny.

  3. I manager di Google devono sapere usare Office!

  4. Bart says:

    Sorry, but this post is lame. Google’s online services are not as feature rich as its desktop competitors (yet). So it’s normal they’re looking for people with these skills. I’m using Office as well as Google Docs.

  5. dstrange says:

    Hi Bart, you might be taking me a bit too seriously on this post, it was meant to be a bit tongue in cheek.  

    Interestingly, you are not unusual in your use of Google Docs.  One of the main purposes people are using google docs for at the moment is the sharing of Microsoft Office documents – .doc .xls and .ppt.  

    This is of course something we are doing with offerings coming online like Office Live Workspace and Windows Live Skydrive.  Both of these enable you to share you docs online and OLW integrates this capability into the desktop apps too with a common save as dialogue.

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