Zagat Engineer: ‘My Nerdy Dream Come True’


A report from inside the Google-ifying Zagat Survey comes to us from the company’s Operations Developer, who has published a blog post reflecting on the first two days of Google life, describing the process in a level of post-acquisition detail we don’t usually see.

Dave Reisner first realized something was up on Wednesday, when “unfamiliar people start to infiltrate the office and walk around as if they’re scoping out the employees, and the office space.” The next day, Nina Zagat sent out a company-wide email calling a meeting in all caps, and blindsided employees with the announcement of the Google buy.

“At this point, the announcement of ‘the biggest news of the 32 year history of Zagat’comes as no shock that Zagat has been purchased … but by Google? Wow. My nerdy dream come true,” Mr. Reisner writes.

Then came lunch.

Google is already imposing its culture on the people of Zagat, catering two meals a day and trucking in beer on Friday along with Google branded neon lamps and plush Androids and t-shirts that say “Google” on the front and “Zagat” on the back. Company execs “had almost a month to mull over this decision after roughly three months of internal planning,” Mr. Reisner writes.

“While I can’t officially call Google my employer until the 6-8 week transition is through, I’m rather optimistic,” he wrote. “It’ll be hard to say that we’re back to ‘business as usual’ on Monday, but I’ll do my best. I wonder what they’ll serve for breakfast …” Zagat Engineer: ‘My Nerdy Dream Come True’