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. K. Pugazhenthi

    Hi,

    It is an excellent tour that you have completed. Pictures are very nice. No doubt, after seeing your article, every one will get motivated to achieve this kind of greater height. Visit Google office is really a awesome experience. I too aim for this kind of achievement.

  2. Waheed Hussain

    Very very interesting, Visiting headquarters of Google is not just your dream but it is dream or a lot of others too.
    Keep enjoying your journey Harash.

  3. Harsh Awesome Photos ,I m also interested to see the Google HQ in future ,hopefully my dream will be comes true one day.

  4. o m g ….. yup it’s my dream too ….
    ur blogs really inspired me harsh …. God bless u for ur next dream of visiting Facebook hq …. and guess what again its my dream toooo …..

  5. Wow! you’ve taken us to google office. You are really inspiring the bloggers across the globe. Keep up the good work.

  6. Thank you Harsh for this Beautiful Picture. I think you also visited work area of Google so please share your experience about work environment in Google Office.

    I read somewhere, There is very flexible about time and other matter in office.

  7. Congratulation for such nice visit and thanks for sharing such Nice Pics…
    If you have any conference video please share it also…

  8. This is just amazing Harsh, It’s very inspirational, especially for starting bloggers like me who still want to make it big at some time too.

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