Google is different, even on a list of distinctive companies. But its employees still type their email one letter at a time. We may not understand precisely how Google's algorithms work, but we can understand how the people at Google do their work. Here, more than a dozen describe what life is like at a place where no goal is too audacious, agility means more than power, and even cafeteria food represents an opportunity to change the world.
A version of this article appeared in the March 2008 issue of Fast Company magazine.