Is Google rationing food?

Apple utsyfe
Jun 8 59 Comments

I noticed that you now have to ask a cafe worker for the to-go boxes. Up till now they were placed right beside the plates at the start of the food line. Why this change in policy? Yes, you will eventually get a box but it takes longer and slows the line as sometime a worker is not standing there to pass a box. This really hinders things especially at a busy time like lunch. Why is there this change in policy?

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    • IBM h4rs5
      They should be tracked and laid off. One rotten apple ruins the bunch. Better a false negative than a false positive. Something something... trouble in paradise. Something something ignore me I’m just jealous cause I work at IBM and my perk is a desk with no natural light
      Jun 8
    • Facebook / Eng
      ouHU60

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      I take sparkling water home. Especially if it’s late, I skipped dinner because I was working, and it’s better for the company to pay me 1 sparkling water, some bags of chips, and another snack or two for dinner than if I were to spend time ordering it or going to a grocery store. I’m sure leads would rather I write code and review diffs.

      Stop judging and focus on being more productive.
      Jun 8
    • MZ / Eng
      rbo

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      rbomore
      Free food is a privilege. And I agree, I dislike when people ruin privileges that were granted for others and everyone equally. Don’t be a public douche bag. Just live below your means. But this would never happen.
      Jun 8
    • Google uzaname
      No Facebook, that's actually wrong as we can easily do reductio ad absurdum and say that it would be better for a company to get you a private jet to commute or use for vacation.

      Eg, in Germany it's quite clear. Stuff at work is for when you are at work.
      Jun 8
    • Facebook / Eng
      ouHU60

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      ouHU60more
      Surely they’re not equal comparisons.
      Jun 8
  • Google verysundar
    I think it's a good move. Some people packed boxes for the family. My manager who was L7 and an Indian used to absolutely plunder the chicken/fish counter for the kids dinner.
    Jun 8 3
    • Google Hnmw41
      Exactly even if this fucker makes thrice my TC he takes thrice the chicken. Now we can't get even one box.
      Jun 8
    • IBM h4rs5
      Wtffffff
      Jun 8
    • Amazon PT Cruiser
      That’s just embarrassing.
      Jun 8
  • Amazon dune37
    😂 I read somewhere that Starbucks in China had to remove the counter with sugar, milk, and half & half, because people would walk in, grab a table, and pour themselves a glass of half & half without buying anything at all. It’s just a cultural thing and nothing to do with racism.
    Jun 8 2
    • Intel tu_madre
      Search "Chinese at Buffet" on YouTube
      Jun 8
    • Oracle oopsies
      Amazon, you gave me a heavy laugh early morning. Thanks for that milk story from China
      Jun 8
  • Airbnb prqecnlfjk
    Ruth, the CFO
    Jun 8 1
    • Amazon Waze
      Google will have to Ruthlessly improve the cafeteria situation then.
      Jun 13
  • Amazon MemeMagic
    Such a classic, who would’ve thought free stuff leads to rationing? lmfao
    Jun 8 1
    • Amazon dune37
      Why communism doesn’t work.
      Jun 8
  • Amazon RubOnRails
    My neighbor (American) works at FB and I have seen her with fb lunch boxes at home
    Jun 8 4
    • Facebook / Eng TCYOE
      Title is Google, not Fb
      Jun 8
    • Amazon RubOnRails
      I know. Same issue same people
      Jun 8
    • Facebook / Eng TCYOE
      Not an issue here. Ppl are free to box dinner for home. Hardly see ppl take more than 2, usually 1. But culture is much younger.
      Jun 8
    • Google Hnmw41
      People taking 1 box home so they don't have to cook is understandable. I'm talking about these guys taking boxes, several snacks.
      Jun 8
  • Visa ggggvv886
    Too much waste?
    Jun 8 0
  • New / Eng blindor
    How do we fix this problem to avoid the elimination of perks?
    (You would think it should be common sense for people to act responsibly, but clearly another way is needed to fix this)
    Jun 8 9
    • Activision Blizzard / Eng choose
      How about literal rationing? It doesn’t even have to be squeezed, you give each employee enough “tickets” or whatever to have a breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, hell even toss an OT meal in there, that would eliminate people taking home tons of food unless they want to skip eating at work

      Though i understand that can be seen as “aggressive” too, im just a lowly engineer that has to pay for his own food 🤷‍♂️
      Jun 8
    • Google Hnmw41
      Yeah but then you need a counter and someone to take the ticket and people have to go through them. Not going to scale for our massive cafeterias.
      Jun 8
    • Activision Blizzard / Eng choose
      You could just have something tied to badges and swipe or a phone app, it doesn’t need heavy handed direct enforcement, just some record of how much crap they’ve got for historical purposes in case they need to have a discussion with management
      Jun 8
    • Google Hnmw41
      Not going to work. Just visit a Google cafe if you have the time or opportunity. I've been in places where you get a token - it won't work when you have several thousand workers getting all kinds of food.
      Jun 8
    • New / Eng JexD77
      Amazon Go solved it – face recognition + items recognition
      Jun 8
  • Google ;O 𓂺
    Mostly food waste/abuse. It depends on the cafe. Cafes with lots of traffic might ration them out at dinner time so you're not feeding an entire household.
    Jun 8 2
    • Google Hnmw41
      Just cancel dinner. They've already reduced the number of dinner cafe. Might as well as make it simple.
      Jun 8
    • Google ;O 𓂺
      Bad idea. They're opening more all day salad bars/sandwich stations in SVL, plus early dinner.. which seems to help.
      Jun 8
  • LinkedIn OXYv42
    Do not think it is a Asian thing. A white girl i used to work with who was from easy bay, would never go out with us for lunch, always having something her boy friend bought the previous night from Google

    I think google unknowingly promoted this culture by allowing carry out with no oversight thinking that it will make people stay late and be more productive

    At linkedin we have on kitchen which serves dinner, limited menu and no carry out. Most people so not ever stay till 7 and they encourage that you can your own dinner and expense it. Since someone will be looking at expense report, it stops abuse of the system

    Why not eliminate carry out and allow expensing dinner which requires manager approval
    Jun 8 2
    • Facebook dhjdnxnsms
      Wait, dinner starts at 7?
      Jun 8
    • LinkedIn OXYv42
      Think about it, if i have family and i am taking out nice dinner for myself will not i want to take more so rest of family can have some or i eat nice meal and they can have some other quick fix.

      Take out dinner policy is weird, in my humble opinion is should taxed, regardless. Company provided meals should be consumed at worked
      Jun 8
  • Google gliz
    Companies can charge for food. Irs will shut up. Abuse will end. Food will get better hopefully.
    Jun 8 0
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    • Square / Eng SQ
      Spoiler: panhandling homeless don't want food. They want money for drugs.
      Jun 8
    • Google Hnmw41
      Yeah like it's the companies responsibility to feed the homeless.
      Jun 8
    • Square / Eng SQ
      Yikes. You guys need someone to talk to?
      Jun 8