Exclusive Picture Tour of Google’s Headquarters in Mountain View, California

Hey Guys,

One of the great things I decided to do at the beginning of 2016 was travel around the United States.

I started my journey in Los Angeles & then went to Las Vegas for the Affiliate Marketing Summit West 2016.

Now, I’m in San Francisco.

Right now, I’m at the Coursera office writing this post (…will give you a tour of Coursera office later; it is a really cool place).

If you are an online worker, you likely have a dream to visit the offices of companies like Google, Facebook & other tech giants.  I certainly do.

When I was researching about how can I take a tour of the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California, I quickly learned that I needed to have a friend or someone I knew who can give me a tour.

An enlightened man once said, “You get what you dream for“.  This is exactly what happened with me here.

I have been in touch with a Google team member for a long time as I was helping her with a referral program. I asked her if she could help me organize a tour of Google’s offices when I visit San Francisco, and she happily agreed.

Since we were in a time crunch at Google, this is what I could see in about 2 hours.

Note: This is a scaled down version of all the images. You can find HQ images over here.

My visit to Google Headquarters: 20th Jan 2016

I started by meeting the Google for Work team in Mountain View, CA & this is what the visitors lobby looks like:

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I was greeted by Shannon, Brijesh, and Keith & then we had a brief conversation regarding work.

From there we went for lunch & after being in the U.S. for almost 15 days, for the first time I had a delicious & authentic Indian meal.

The Google Mountain View HQ was about 1.6 miles away, but before moving, I took this photo outside the Wishman office.

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After a 10 minute drive (and trying to get a parking spot for 5 minutes), we reached Google HQ. It’s a big area with multiple streets, but once I arrived inside the Google complex, I felt like I was home.

One prominent thing I noticed were the bicycles which are readily available everywhere. These bikes are for everyone who needs to move from one building to another. Yeah!

Google’s office complex is pretty huge & using bicycles or walking between buildings encourages employees to stay healthy.

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There were plenty of outdoor places where you can eat & enjoy the warmth of the California sun.

Here is a cool dinosaur that is part of their cultural program:

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Also there’s this:

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Outside Google HQ mountain view
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Once we were done walking around Google HQ, we went to a designated area for visitors.

That’s called the “Google visitor center – beta”. (Don’t ask me why it’s call beta.)

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These are from the Google visitor center (-beta):

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From here we went to Google’s shop to get some goodies.

Shannon was super sweet as she gifted me a few Google goodies. These next pictures are from Google’s Merchandise Store:

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Once we were done, we moved back to the Wishman office.

And before we said goodbye to each other, we took this final selfie:

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In the end, it was great seeing the real people behind those email addresses. Thanks to Shannon & Kathy for hosting me & showing me around.

 I hope you enjoyed this virtual tour of Google’s HQ at Mountain View.  Visiting Google’s HQ was a dream come true & next on my to-do list is to have a tour of the Facebook office.  

Like the enlightened man said,  “You get what you dream for.”

 

P.S: Feel free to use these images on your blog as they are licensed under a creative commons license. If you’d like, you can give credit to ShoutMeLoud.com for these images.

(On the next installment of me giving virtual office tours, I will give you a virtual tour of Coursera, which is a popular website to get degrees online.) (Update: That tour is here.)

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A Blogger, Author and a speaker! Harsh Agrawal is recognized as a leader in digital marketing and FinTech space. Fountainhead of ShoutMeLoud, and a Speaker at ASW, Hero Mindmine, Inorbit, IBM, India blockchain summit. Also, an award-winning blogger.

120 thoughts on “Exclusive Picture Tour of Google’s Headquarters in Mountain View, California”

  1. Exceptionally brilliant!!!
    Last night I watched ur video interview with Oscar. It was really excellent. Keep inspiring 🙂

  2. Mary Ann Garson

    travelling around the world is within your reach now, with the success you have right now, no place in the world you can’t get access to, thanks for sharing your expertise with us.

  3. WOW, Congrats dude, and really these are the wonderful pics, and i hope you will defiantly visit Facebook HQ, one day…

  4. It was so nice to read your blog and see the pictures. I recently visited Googleplex a month back and took the google cycle around to visit the different offices. It was mesmerising. However I could not visit their store due to lack of time. This is the first blog of yours that I read, will read your other blogs soon 🙂

  5. I also wish to visit google HQ , i am trying to earn some money so could achieve my goal.Hope so in future you will share your experience to go facebook HQ.

  6. Narinder kumar

    Hey, Harsh
    Thanks to share some amazing google head office picture you are the lucky one to visiting google office.

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