Google in Peru: the company’s plans in the country and what job profile they are looking for

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In Peru, Google has been in business for 12 years., but they recently opened offices in the heart of the business center, in San Isidro. According to Edgardo Frías, director of Google in the country, are the ones “they better approach the company’s work philosophy”. We go up to the fourth floor aboard an intelligent elevator, using a virtual card. As soon as we arrive, everything feels –and smells– new: the reception, the meeting rooms, the cafeteria, the dining room and the games room. Each space is inspired by the eight ecological floors of the Peruvian geography.

“What we are looking for is to generate an innovation environment that allows us to have a disruptive look”tells us. “Offices play a very important role for us. If we want to be agents of change, we must motivate ourselves to think differently”.

In the game room, workers can take time to play jenga, play sta-tion, throw darts, watch TV and play instruments. / WE ARE > ELIAS ALFAGEME

A study by the consulting firm Great Place to Work placed Google in 2013 “as the best place to work in the world” thanks to “the growth opportunities they offer their workers,” among other factors. These days, the possibility of belonging to their ranks feels closer to Peruvians. “We put a lot of effort into our selection processes. We care that there is parity between men and women who apply for the same position. I would not say that we have a specific profile, but we do seek collaborators with fresh and original ideas”explains the Mexican director.

Some of the areas in which they seek new talent are human resources, legal, marketing, technical support, finance and engineering. To carry out the selection processes, they have implemented the site . “We are pretty thorough when it comes to choosing the best talent we need. For that reason, it may take us a little longer than other companies in our processes”complements.

A LOOK AT THE PRESENT

Frías, who with his glasses and black sweater reminds us of Steve Jobs, tells us that Google It is the first source that Peruvians use to find products, discounts and services. In fact, the company prepares a report every year in which it reports what the main searches we do have been. In 2021, an electoral year, the word ONPE appeared in the first place. “At the beginning of the pandemic, for example, what was most sought after was ‘grilled chicken delivery’. There was an enormous longing for this national dish in those days, when the restrictions were very harsh”comment.

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In the midst of the difficulties caused by COVID-19, two products from Google They were strengthened in these lands: Youtube Y Google Maps. Youtube It is the platform preferred by Peruvians. There are 160 thousand channels from Peru with at least 100 thousand subscribers. Professional and amateur creators have found a space to share their content”he maintains. “In the case of Google Maps has become a fundamental tool not only to move from one place to another, but also to know what a certain place looks like thanks to the street view option”.

To counteract fake news, one of the evils that has emerged in these times of health and political crisis, Google has decided to support the Peru Check initiative through its project . “What this platform does is verify the origin of the news so that false information does not spread. The better informed society is, the better decisions they can make”assures Edgardo Frías.

Every year, Google presents a report detailing the keywords requested by Peruvians. In a pandemic, one of the searches that prevailed was 'grilled chicken delivery'.
Every year, Google presents a report detailing the keywords requested by Peruvians. In a pandemic, one of the searches that prevailed was ‘grilled chicken delivery’.

Looking to the future, the bet of the American company in Peru is to bring as many people as possible closer to the technological solutions they provide. And, as part of its social responsibility actions, to continue training low-income youth, as they have been doing with the non-profit association .

“One of the things that most caught my attention when I arrived from Peru is his desire to try new possibilities, not always stay in the same and see other ways of undertaking”Frias concludes. And he leaves us another reflection: “Our mission is to order the world’s information to make it universally useful for everyone. In this sense, what we seek is to put Google in the hands of the Peruvians”. //

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Google in Peru: the company’s plans in the country and what job profile they are looking for