One of the good thing which I did at the beginning of 2016 is to travel all across America. I started my journey from Los Angeles & then went to Las Vegas for Affiliate marketing summit west 2016 & then I’m in San Francisco. If you are working online, you know it’s a dream to visit the office of companies like Google, Facebook & other tech giants.
I was researching about how can I take a tour of Google headquarter in Mountain view, California & realized I need to have a friend or someone I know who can give me a tour. As an enlightened man said, you get what you dream for & this is exactly what happened with me here. I have been in touch with one of the members of Google’s team for long & I was helping her with a referral program. I asked her if she could help me organize a tour of Google’s office when I visit San Francisco & she gladly helped me on this.
Right now, I’m at Coursera office while writing this post ( Will give you a tour of Coursera office later; which is cool), let me share the pictures of Google’s office. Since we were on a limited time, this is what I could see in about 2 hours.
Note: This is a scale down version of all images. You can find HQ images over here.
My visit to Google HQ: 20th Jan 2016
I started by meeting Google for Work team at Mountain View, CA 94043 & this is how the visitors lobby looks like.
I was greeted by Shannon, Brijesh & Keith & then we had a brief conversation regarding work. From there we went for lunch & after being in U.S. for almost 15 days, for the first time I had delicious & authentic Indian lunch. From there Google mountain view HQ was about 1.6 miles & before moving, we clicked this outside the Wishman office.
After 10 minutes drive & trying to get a parking for 5 minutes, we reached to Google HQ in Mountainview area. It’s a collection of multiple blocks & once you are inside the Google office, you going to feel like home.
One thing which you would prominent notice is these cycles which are available everywhere. This cycle is for everyone who needs to move from one building to another. Yah! Google office is pretty huge & using Cycle or walking would ensure that you stay healthy.
There were plenty of outdoor places where you can eat & enjoy the warmth of the sun. Here is a cool Dinosaur that is part of their cultural program:
Shannon was pretty excited about the new Google’s logo & we couldn’t resist taking a group picture.
Once we are done walking around Google HQ, we went to a designated area for visitors. That’s call Google visitor center- Beta. (Don’t ask me why it’s call beta)
Next set of pictures are from their visitors area:
From here we went to Google’s shop to get some goodies. Shannon was super sweet as she gifted me few Google goodies. These next set of pictures are from Google’s Merchandise store:
Once we are done, we moved back to the Wishman. The bag that you see in my hand, it’s full of goodies n shopping from Google’s store.
And before we bid goodbye to each other, we took this final selfie.
In the end, it was great seeing the real person behind those email addresses. Thanks to Shannon & Kathy for hosting me & showing me around.
Visiting Google’s HQ was a dream come true & next in my to-do list is to have a tour of the Facebook office.
In the next section of our office tour, I would give you a virtual tour of Coursera, which is a popular website to get degrees online. I hope you enjoyed this virtual tour of Google HQ at Mountainview.
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