Google Boston

Who said techies and business types don’t mix? With sales and engineering teams working side by side, Google Boston is built for innovation.

Accomplishments

We’re one of the larger Google locations, home to hundreds of Googlers in engineering and sales.

We work on many innovative products and projects including YouTube, Chrome, Search, Android, Travel and systems infrastructure. Our work impacts hundreds of millions of Google users around the world.

We were recognized as one of the “Top Places to Work” in Boston by The Boston Globe in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Stats

Number of Boston Googlers: About as many as there are digits in the 4,000th Fibonacci number

Some of our conference rooms are named: Good Will Hunting, Sam Adams, Emily Dickinson

Walking distance to MIT’s main entrance: 529 Smoots (plus or minus a couple of ears)

Address

Google Boston
5 Cambridge Center
Floors 2-6
Cambridge, MA 02142
Phone: (617) 575-1300

Inside Google Boston

Most Google locations focus on either engineering or sales. We focus on both. So what, you ask? Consider the following. When some of our sales Googlers described the lengthy proposal creation process during lunch, the engineers eating with them figured there had to be a better way. Within weeks, they built a tool to automate the process—one that’s now used across our global sales organization. That kind of innovation isn’t possible when sales and engineering work independently. Collaboration is core to our company culture.

When we’re not organizing the world’s information and making it more useful and accessible, you can find us playing board games (we have more per capita than any other Google location), grabbing a bite in the space-themed cafeteria, or collaborating with teammates in a lounge area inspired by iconic, local areas like Beacon Hill and Cape Cod.

We also like ping pong. A lot. Our site director claims he’ll give up his job (for one day) to anyone who can best him. He has fended off hundreds of challengers—including Governor Deval Patrick and Salman Rushdie. Our engineers even built an automated system to rank the top 50 players in the office and broadcast a live feed so we don’t miss a match.

Our work affects millions of users. That’s exciting. And there’s a difference between “I like them” and “they’re amazing.” The people here are amazing.

- Steve Vinter, Engineering Director

Google Boston: Frequently Asked Questions

Have Google Boston engineers contributed to any important products or projects?

Yep, our engineers have contributed to many well-known and innovative products including Android, Blogger, Book Search, Chrome, Chrome OS, Flight Search, Google+, Google Currents, Google Patents, Google Play, Image Search, Picasa, and YouTube. They also work behind-the-scenes on core infrastructure projects that make our products—and the web—faster for our users.

Are there any famous Boston Googlers?

Maybe not Amy Poehler or Matt Damon famous, but Rich Miner (lead partner of Google Ventures, which operates out of our office, and a driving force behind Android), Martin Wattenberg (co-leader of our “big picture” data visualization team) and Robert Love (author of Linux Kernel Development) are all pretty well known. And that’s just the short list.

What do Boston Googlers do to blow off steam?

We host events with authors that have included Gary Hirschberg, Dennis Lehane, Salman Rushdie, and Howard Zinn. We throw parties featuring the sounds of our very own office band, Firepole 451. And at our annual Formal Friday event, we get the enviable opportunity to re-live high school by dressing up in prom tuxes and gowns.

We also enjoy a healthy rivalry with Google Pittsburgh. Don’t say anything, but whenever our engineers visit the Pittsburgh office, they “borrow” something to bring home to Boston.

How do Boston Googlers get to work?

Boston has been making a big effort to become the most bike-friendly city in the country, and a lot of Googlers cycle to work. Others take public transportation. We’re steps away from the Kendall Square T stop, and for every day a Googler takes public transportation, he or she receives a ZipCar credit. Those who drive enjoy free parking (a rarity in Boston).

How does Google Boston make the community a better place?

We host a variety of after-work developer groups, including Webstart Women, a group of local women who are just learning to code, and invite local developers to participate via live stream in the annual Google I/O conference out of San Francisco.

We’re also deeply involved with Citizen Schools, through which Boston Googlers work with local kids to do things like build LEGO robots and participate in Top Chef-like cooking competitions, and MIT’s MITES (Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science) program, 74 percent of whose 2010 graduates applying to MIT were accepted.

Life at Google Boston

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