First Two Weeks at Google

I’ve been at Google two weeks now and I’m loving it so far. My team is great and the work’s very interesting, but I can’t talk about what I’m doing, so:

There’s a ton of orientation stuff new employees have to do, which hasn’t been much fun. There was a scavenger hunt (which is the kind of thing I usually loathe) but we did find some cool stuff. One of the places on the list was “the music room.” When we went in it was a soundproofed room with a half-dozen guitars along one wall, an electric drumset, synth, a mic, soundboard, amps… it was amazing.

Other things I’ve discovered so far are:

  • The library, which has big comfy armchairs and couches, shelves of physical books, and a sci-fi touch interface for checking out ebooks.
  • The juice bar: free smoothies anytime.
  • The workshop with metal/wood crafting supplies and a 3D printer.

I also got this, er, unique hat:

Google beanie

If anyone wants a propellor beanie, let me know.

  • CJOnTheWay

    Funny hat !
    My workmates like it, could you send several to China ?

  • The workshop, library and music room sound amazing. The hat is awesome! I’m super jealous 😉

  • kristina1

    Sorry! I only have one hat and I just had to read a 600-page code of conduct about not sending swag to other countries (among other things), so… no. US-based friends only.

  • kristina1

    I know, it’s so cool. Come…. join us… don’t be afraid… http://www.google.com/about/jobs/ (And tell ’em I sent you, I get $4k or something.)

  • Vijayakumar Ramdoss

    Congrats Kristina… all the best

  • kristina1

    Thank you!

  • Awesome hat! How goes the goggling?

  • kristina1

    Thanks! It’s going well. I’m working on their build system (sort of a distributed make) and it’s a lot of fun.

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