Perks defined Google for years, and defined most Silicon Valley culture as well. Microsoft has been famous for its perks since the early 90s, in fact. So when a number of posts, sparked by a NYT article (now nearly two months old) claim that the era of perks is over at Google, it prompts musings such as this one in ComputerWorld, claiming Google has lost its mojo.
I’m not sure that’s true, at least not yet. Perhaps amongst IT managers, that’s true (ComputerWorld being an IT publication, after all), but I am not sure IT managers ever had more than a passing interest in Google’s “mojo” to begin with.
The piece is entirely anecdotal, so the conclusion must be as well. For now, the jury is out.