In that article, Googler Todd Carlisle said:
Sometimes, too much schooling will be a detriment to you in your job.Wow, is that a change. Too much education can interfere with your job, Todd says. While this kind of anti-intellectualism has infiltrated the culture at other companies, it is quite a shift to see it from Google.
To be fair, as Saul reports, Todd and other Googlers are trying to optimize the hiring process. They are attempting to find what factors indicate that people will be successful, happy, and productive at Google.
However, at least from what is in the NYT article, the current process sounds less data driven than ideology driven. Not only are the measures flawed -- individual job performance does not capture the substantial impact of experts advising other teams, for example -- but also the replacement system they built never outperformed the original in tests. From the article, "It is too early to tell if the system is working. The surveys have been in use in about a dozen areas for several months."
See also Googler Chris Sacca's post, "Did you get the memo about the new cover sheets we are using?", lamenting the influx of MBAs and middle management goo at Google.
[Found on Findory]
Update: On a lighter note, do not miss the "Code Monkey" video by Jonathan Coulton and Mike Booth. Very funny.