Dec 24, 2009
Google's corporate headquarters, fondly nicknamed the Googleplex, is located in Mountain View, California. Today it's one of Google's many offices around the globe. While their offices are not identical, they tend to share some essential elements. Here are a few things you might see in a Google workspace.
The Google Culture
Though Google has grown a lot since it opened in 1998, we still maintain a small company feel. At lunchtime, almost everyone eats in the office café, sitting at whatever table has an opening and enjoying conversations with Googlers from different teams. Our commitment to innovation depends on everyone being comfortable sharing ideas and opinions. Every employee is a hands-on contributor, and everyone wears several hats. Because we believe that each Googler is an equally important part of our success, no one hesitates to pose questions directly to Larry or Sergey in our weekly all-hands ("TGIF") meetings – or spike a volleyball across the net at a corporate officer.
We are aggressively inclusive in our hiring, and we favor ability over experience. We have offices around the world and dozens of languages are spoken by Google staffers, from Turkish to Telugu. The result is a team that reflects the global audience Google serves. When not at work, Googlers pursue interests from cross-country cycling to wine tasting, from flying to frisbee.
As we continue to grow, we are always looking for those who share a commitment to creating search perfection and having a great time doing it.
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Here's a look at life at the Googleplex in Mountain View:
Here are a few things you might see in a Google workspace:
Local expressions of each location, from a mural in Buenos Aires to ski gondolas in Zurich, showcasing each office's region and personality.
Bicycles or scooters for efficient travel between meetings; dogs; lava lamps; massage chairs; large inflatable balls.
Googlers sharing cubes, yurts and huddle rooms – and very few solo offices.
Laptops everywhere – standard issue for mobile coding, email on the go and note-taking.
Foosball, pool tables, volleyball courts, assorted video games, pianos, ping pong tables, and gyms that offer yoga and dance classes.
Grassroots employee groups for all interests, like meditation, film, wine tasting and salsa dancing. Healthy lunches and dinners for all staff at a variety of cafés.
Break rooms packed with a variety of snacks and drinks to keep Googlers going.
Photos from officesnapshot