The Y in Google: Attracting and Retaining the Millennials

by: Lynn Wooten

Publication Date: March 1, 2009
Length: 8 pages
Product ID#: 1-428-756

Core Disciplines: Information - Technology & Management, Leadership/Organizational Behavior

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This short case is one of eight in a series of cases written for the Next Great Companies in Michigan project, which profiles great places to work in Michigan. The case profiles Google, in particular Google’s Ann Arbor, Michigan office, and its ability to attract and retain Generation Y workers. The Ann Arbor office was founded in 2006 to support Google’s revenue-generating AdWords business. The office started with eight employees and was slated to grow to one thousand over the next five years. The case discusses Google’s success factors in attracting young talent, and gives insight into how the company’s unique culture has helped it land the coveted #1 spot on Fortune magazine’s “Best Places to Work” list.

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  • describe appropriate business terms and principles approriate to this case,
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