I hear that at google, people get to do creative, interesting work. All google job ads ask for a high level of drive,creativity and intelligence. Now I am thinking that in a company like google, which is so huge in size....there is bound to be work that is just boring.Drivel.Grunt work to be precise. How does google get around this? Have they built an automated tool for every repetitive and boring chore known to man? How come they can continue to boast doing only creative work?
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I haven't worked at Google, but in every company there are positions that are more or less "creative", and even in highly creative positions, there are still tasks which will not tax your creativity.
Google may be better at having more creative tasks, and may be more open to creative solutions than other companies, but to expect every task of every position to be creative is not the right view to take - regardless of what their job ads say.
Keep in mind that not everyone likes creative work. Some individuals work best in work that is perfectly bound and described, leaving nothing to the imagination. Some people take a certain kind of joy in work that is repetitive and rote. These people may be very, very smart, and very, very good at what they do. I can't imagine a company like Google would pass on that talent and not leverage it to their advantage.
Lastly, tasks which one person finds creative and uplifting I find a little boring. I can't imagine myself doing software testing on an operating system, but they almost certainly have expert software testers performing those tasks, and hopefully loving it.
It's likely that Googlers can find a job they like. It's a big company.
Let's say that you despise technical editing. Some people will gladly dig into a manual, set of online instructions, etc., and make the text clear and well-written.
Although it's possible that every Googler writes as well as the prose suggests on google.com, I suspect they have a team of top-notch technical editors that review everything before it hits the Web. I can't recall ever finding a spelling or grammar error on any page that is part of Google proper. Most of it is very enjoyable to read.
For some people, technical editing is how they create. For others, it's like fingernails on a chalkboard. To each his/her own.
The primary reason Google gets a lot of press for being a creative company (and I believe it is), is because of their "20% time."
Basically, in theory, 20% of an employee's workday is allowed to go to anything that they want that interests them and may move the company forward. During that time, they do not have to work on projects they were assigned (unless they choose to), and they do not have to worry about creating Google's next most successful project (though it doesn't hurt). This allotted time ideally allows employees to find more pleasure in their work, but it does not mean they do not have to complete menial tasks or "grunt work." Google is like any other company in that these tasks need to get done.
However, Google is perceived as more innovative, inspiring, and creative because of this policy which allows employees to exert their creative energy. See resource I'll post in comments for more information.