Google Cuts Back on Its Food Perks

Problems in the kitchen will send employees home for dinner
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2008 12:43 PM CDT
Front desk of Google headquarters is shown in Mountain View, Calif., Tuesday, May 15, 2007.    (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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(Newser) – Life at the Googleplex just got a little less delicious. Google is cutting back on its famously generous food benefits, taking free dinners and free snacks off the menu, Valleywag reports. It’s a surprising change, since Google has milked its cafeteria for publicity, and recently told shareholders to expect more perks for employees, not fewer.

The change is due in part to a disastrous partnership with an outside restaurant management company, which led to the departure of Google’s star chefs. But it could also signal a change of heart from Google’s founders. Sergey Brin reportedly complained recently of his employees’ growing sense of entitlement to “bottled water and M&Ms,” though Brin denies that report.