Google (Alphabet) HRM: Compensation, Career Development

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A Google Street View camera car. Google’s (Alphabet’s) human resource management successfully uses competitive compensation and career development to attract and retain high-quality employees for the information technology business. (Photo: Public Domain)

Google’s human resource management maintains a competitive compensation strategy and a holistic career development policy. Such a compensation strategy addresses the interests of high-quality employees. Also, Google’s career development programs ensure that employees are given considerable opportunities for personal and professional growth in the information technology company. The combination of the competitive compensation strategy and holistic career development programs supports the successful development of human resources and the satisfaction of Google’s (Alphabet’s) corporate mission statement and corporate vision statement. The company’s performance in these aspects of HRM points to high-quality and effective HR managers. This case of Alphabet serves as an example of how competitive compensation combined with holistic career development boosts human resource performance.

This article is part of a series on Google’s (Alphabet’s) human resource management:

  1. Google (Alphabet) HRM: HR Planning, Job Analysis & Design
  2. Google (Alphabet) HRM: Recruitment, Selection, Retention
  3. Google (Alphabet) HRM: Training, Performance Management
  4. Google (Alphabet) HRM: Compensation, Career Development

Career Development at Google (Alphabet)

Individual-Organization Matching. Google matches individual and organizational needs by filling positions based on a combination of performance appraisals and interviews. These appraisals and interviews provide information for human resource managers to ensure a proper fit between employees and the job, the team, the business, and the organizational culture or business culture of Google (Alphabet). In this regard, the consumer electronics company’s human resource management approaches for matching individual and organizational needs address person-job fit, person-group fit, and person-organization fit. These different kinds of fit support maximum human resource performance at the job level, team level, and organizational level, respectively.

Career Opportunities and Requirements Identification. Google’s HR management identifies career opportunities and requirements through a combination of job analysis and coaching. Job analysis enables HR managers to identify possible career options for individual employees. Google uses coaching as a way of understanding the dynamics involving the individual employee and possible career options within the organization. This combination helps HR managers identify requirements for career paths, and how these paths present opportunities for Google’s employees.

Employee Potential Assessment. Google’s human resource management assesses employee potential through interviews, appraisals, and coaching. Appraisals provide an objective evaluation of the employee’s potential. Interviews and coaching enable Alphabet’s HR managers to determine the potential effectiveness of employees for different kinds of jobs. Appraisals indicate how employees are doing in their current jobs, while the interviews and coaching indicate the employees’ level of interest for certain jobs and how they could fulfill other jobs at Google.

Instituting Career Development Initiatives. Some career development initiatives are regularly instituted at Google, while others are applied as the need arises. Regular implementation of career development initiatives is based on the company’s career development programs. Google conducts annual appraisals, which are also used as a basis for career development. During or after appraisals, the company’s human resource management informs employees of possible career opportunities. In addition, the firm institutes some career development initiatives as the need arises, such as when a new business or product is developed. The development of new business or products creates new career opportunities, which are presented to the information technology company’s employees.

Compensation Strategy at Alphabet (Google)

Google’s compensation strategy is highly competitive compared to the compensation strategies of competing firms. The company provides high salaries, together with comprehensive incentives and nonconventional benefits. Financial and moral incentives are provided. In addition, the company provides medical insurance, retirement pensions, free meals, and free use of exercise equipment. Realistically, Google’s human resource management has succeeded with regard to the compensation strategy because it effectively attracts highly qualified smart and excellent employees, who contribute to the core competencies and business strengths noted in the SWOT analysis of Google (Alphabet). People perceive the information technology company as one of the best employers.