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Backrub for Googlers

The reception area at Google's Singapore office.
The reception area at Google's Singapore office.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Google employees chill out at one of the many recreational spaces at Google Singapore's office. The space includes foosball tables, pool tables and console gaming lounges. Other perks include a free breakfast and lunch buffet as well as dedicated nap
Google employees chill out at one of the many recreational spaces at Google Singapore's office. The space includes foosball tables, pool tables and console gaming lounges. Other perks include a free breakfast and lunch buffet as well as dedicated napping pods for a quick shut-eye. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
The sandwich bar, open till 4pm, at Google.
The sandwich bar, open till 4pm, at Google.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Meeting spaces at Google can be quite unconventional, such as the Google express which resembles train carriages.
Meeting spaces at Google can be quite unconventional, such as the Google express which resembles train carriages.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Recreational spaces litter Google Singapore's office, such as one with a ping-pong table for Googlers to unwind with colleagues.
Recreational spaces litter Google Singapore's office, such as one with a ping-pong table for Googlers to unwind with colleagues.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
A wall decorated by Googlers at one of their microkitchen pantries.
A wall decorated by Googlers at one of their microkitchen pantries.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

The perks of working at Google are legendary and envied in tech circles, and things are not much different at its regional headquarters in Singapore.

There is the free breakfast and lunch buffet served at the Goopitiam, its main cafeteria and eating area. The daily choices range from local cuisine to Western fare. And then there's dessert, which includes cut fruit, ice cream, cakes and pastries.

Google Singapore's office takes up four floors at the Asia Square building in Marina Bay. Each floor has its own micro-kitchen, a pantry stocked with cereal, candy, cookies and other snacks. Cartons of milk and Florida's Natural fruit juice, cans of Nescafe, soft drinks and pudding cups line the shelves in the fridges.

Sleepy Googlers can nip into a dedicated napping pod, or one of the many rest areas, for a quick shut-eye if they need to. Googlers can also sign up for sessions with a masseuse who comes in a few times a week. These sessions, understandably, are snapped up as soon as they become available, so Googlers usually have to book a week in advance to secure a slot.

NOT ALL FUN AND GAMES

It's not just about fun and cool perks... It's also about managing the workload efficiently.

MS SARAH ROBB, head of people operations for Google Asia Pacific

"That said, it's not just about fun and cool perks," said Ms Sarah Robb, head of people operations for Google Asia Pacific.

"It's also about managing the workload efficiently. For instance, we encourage employees to have shorter meetings, with concrete action items at the end. We also have tools that allow employees to access their work from anywhere - that's a benefit of having everything in the cloud."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 15, 2015, with the headline 'Best tech firms to work for Backrub for Googlers'. Print Edition | Subscribe