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2019/12/07 Google Xmas Party De Young Museum
π 2019-12-07 01:01 in Google
This year, our party was at the De Young Museum. Nice to see coworkers again:




sadly the main room was way too loud, ruining that space for all conversations :(
sadly the main room was way too loud, ruining that space for all conversations :(





silent music room
silent music room

We went to see some of the exhibits, which were all over the place. We looked at most of what was available:









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2019/11/06 Visiting a Few of the Many HTC/Google Buildings in Taiwan
π 2019-11-06 01:01 in Google
I had a hard time believing that it had been 5 years since we visited the Google Office in Taipei 101, but sure enough, it was. I was a bit sad that we went through so much of Taiwan then, and didn't get to visit all those HTC now Google offices, which weren't part of Google back then.

As part of a 7H layover in Taipei on our way to Palau, I figured it'd be more fun to spend a bit of time around Taipei, than to spend the 7h getting drunk in some lounge, so we took an uber bright an early to New Taipei City/Bitan.
Then, we went to visit the couple of HTC buildings there. They were very empty when we arrived as we got in before official work hours:

ZXG88 is a big building, although either all floors were not accessible to Googlers or not part of Google
ZXG88 is a big building, although either all floors were not accessible to Googlers or not part of Google






The HTC buildings didn't really have snacks in microkitchens during HTC days, and still don't today, so people brought their own
The HTC buildings didn't really have snacks in microkitchens during HTC days, and still don't today, so people brought their own


badge scanner inside the walls, first time, this faked me out as I didn't know where to badge since the reader wasn't visible
badge scanner inside the walls, first time, this faked me out as I didn't know where to badge since the reader wasn't visible


I hope the safety nets were only there to catch stray objects that might fall
I hope the safety nets were only there to catch stray objects that might fall





2nd floor had the fun stuff, including a free snack machine where you had to catch your own snacks
2nd floor had the fun stuff, including a free snack machine where you had to catch your own snacks

5mn away was the Gigabyte building that has a small google presence on 3 floors, mostly wireless hardware testing from what I was able to see:


we mistakenly entered the gigbabyte lobby, the Google entrance was around the corner
we mistakenly entered the gigbabyte lobby, the Google entrance was around the corner

it was still early in the morning (engineering hours-wise), so the floors were bone empty
it was still early in the morning (engineering hours-wise), so the floors were bone empty

lots of testing equipment, including this bad ass shielding room
lots of testing equipment, including this bad ass shielding room

After being done in New Taipei City, we went to Taoyan City, 45mn away by uber, somewhat in the direction of the international airport:


likely for historical reasons, there is a 7-11 inside the building
likely for historical reasons, there is a 7-11 inside the building

the google building is next to the HTC lobby
the google building is next to the HTC lobby

nice decors, but the first floor was also the only place where guests were allowed without written prior authorization
nice decors, but the first floor was also the only place where guests were allowed without written prior authorization



the upper floors were mostly seas of cubicles and not that interesting for guests anyway
the upper floors were mostly seas of cubicles and not that interesting for guests anyway

nice view, lots of scooters
nice view, lots of scooters






Jennifer made do in the café while I quickly walked the upper floors
Jennifer made do in the café while I quickly walked the upper floors


big café, the only google café we saw in the 4 locations we saw
big café, the only google café we saw in the 4 locations we saw

the gym was also quite well sized and equipped
the gym was also quite well sized and equipped



Last, and in this case also least :) was RNGAN68, which was easy to miss, even when in front of it:


it's a very small building with a few testing labs and no pictures allowed
it's a very small building with a few testing labs and no pictures allowed

3.5H, 4 new building locations, a bit of a travelling, but interesting to see. Definitely better than just aimlessly spending time in a lounge.

2019/10/30 Googleween 2019
π 2019-10-30 01:01 in Google, Halloween
Like recent years, Googleween now includes a full metal detector and prohibition of any costume items that look like weapons, including lightsabers and plastic swords. That's a bit over reacting in my opinion, but oh well. My costume of course thoroughly failed the metal detector, but looked at the guy with "what are we doing here, I work here", and he said "you probably don't have IEDs" and he let me in.



Once in, the decors and attactions were well done. They also did a reasonable job of handling the crowd loads so that you didn't have to stay in line for too long:


curling
curling











They had a haunted house which wasn't very big, but was well done and had good actors:








Then was time for the costume contest:









I didn't compete as my light outfit didn't look like much in the sun, so we went back to see the animations and games:

you could actually make wine
you could actually make wine


great costume
great costume

sun was finally setting, giving my outfit a better chance to shine :)
sun was finally setting, giving my outfit a better chance to shine :)








As I put this page together, I realized that Jennifer and I didn't get a good picture together with my outfit in the dark, small oversight which we will hopefully fix next time.

By 19:00, the event was over and we were nicely escorted off the premisses :)

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2019/10/14 Prague Office
π 2019-10-14 01:01 in Google
While in Prague and nearby the office, I popped into the local office for a quick visit. There were a few sales and marketing people on 2 different floors in a small building. The receptionist was very helpful (thank you). A few pictures:






nice patio view
nice patio view



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2019/10/10 Quick visit of Google Frankfurt
π 2019-10-10 01:01 in Google
The main Google office in Germany is in Munich, but Frankfurt also has an office. Because I had a longish layover in FRA, I figured I'd go in town to visit the old town and the nearby google office in the financial district (pro tip, FRA is terrible right now, getting out of the secure zone had a huge cost when I came back, and worst checkpoint ever).
Turns out the office is actually half a floor in the UBS building with mostly techical sales and cloud, but it is growing quickly. Also, what they didn't have in size, they made up in welcome. Yuriy Babenko was super nice and give me a quick tour, including a description of the great views you can get from their 24th floor. Thank Yuriy.







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2019/08/23 Google San Jose
π 2019-08-23 01:01 in Google
In my quest for visiting Google buildings, I knew that we had a few buildings in San Jose, CA, but they were so close that I waited until I happened to be driving nearby. I did some evening, and found they were contractor buildings for support and shopping express from what I could see:












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2019/06/26 Google Amsterdam Office
π 2019-06-26 01:01 in Google
While in Amsterdam, we had a quick visit of the Google building. Very nice decors and logos on each floor:






typical looking guest
typical looking guest

but it's a desk on wheels you can bike around (ok, not really)
but it's a desk on wheels you can bike around (ok, not really)











nice patio by the cafetaria, on a beautiful day
nice patio by the cafetaria, on a beautiful day

little garden
little garden


new floor being built
new floor being built


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2019/02/07 Back in Google Montreal Office, 8 years later
π 2019-02-07 01:01 in Google
Can't believe it's already been 8 years since I last went to Montreal. Back then I popped in the office without my badge and someone nicely let me in back then. This time I had my badge, stopped for lunch, and talked with a few nice googlers.










nice 3D printer
nice 3D printer

They also nicely gave me a cool T-shirt, thank you:


2019/01/03 More Google One Paris Office Pictures
π 2019-01-03 01:01 in Google
Google moved to its Office to St Lazare a while ago now, but in the new years, they opened 2 adjacent buildings: 17C and 14L



Every year, they have a nice Xmas tree:




Nice decors as always:








Nice to run into friends every time :)



Obviously the food is good :)


The older French buildings are cool to see:




2018/12/15 Google Xmas Party
π 2018-12-15 01:01 in Google
We missed my new group's party last year as we were diving during that time, but this year we were back in time, and it was well worth it. Nice venue, not too crowded, and the food was much better than the last parties we attended.

The Asian Art Museum was a nice venue:







Seafood was actually good:





As usual for those parties, people were dressed up nicely:



And of course, we were in a museum, so some of the rooms were open for us too:



We were there from open to close, and it was well worth it.

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2018/10/31 Googleween 2018
π 2018-10-31 01:01 in Google, Halloween
I wasn't in the country last year, but was this year, so I took my light costume to work


sadly googleween for kids was a cluster from what I heard (too many people, impossible to even get to for some)
sadly googleween for kids was a cluster from what I heard (too many people, impossible to even get to for some)

Long line to get in, 30mn to wait to get through a security line:









Time for the costume contest. I played but didn't win :)























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2018/10/27 Redwood City's Seaport New Google Buildings
π 2018-10-27 01:01 in Google
While I was nearby for a conference, I went to check out some new buildings from the Seaport campus. It's still being built and most buildings aren't open for business yet, but what I saw was very nice, with a great view:








As I said, views from the buildings:



2018/10/16 Boulder and Thornton Office 5 Years Later
π 2018-10-16 01:01 in Google
It's been 5 years since I last visited the Boulder office. This time I was there for a sysadmin summit, although by then the office I went to last time was closed for renovations, so I was in a newer office, in which I took a few pictures, along with 2 closeby offices.

we got a bit of snow just before arriving
we got a bit of snow just before arriving



very nice patio and mountain view
very nice patio and mountain view




nice climbing wall
nice climbing wall

very fancy bike shop
very fancy bike shop











nice
nice



On my way out, I went to see some coworkers in the thornton office nearby (north of denver):


some weapons are missing, is that a bad thing? :)
some weapons are missing, is that a bad thing? :)

thornton used to be a doubleclick datacenter, not in use anymore
thornton used to be a doubleclick datacenter, not in use anymore






2018/10/09 Visiting Campus Madrid and Google Madrid Office
π 2018-10-09 01:01 in Google
Google has a building for entrepreneurs in Madrid, called "Campus Madrid" where tech people are encouraged to network and hang out. We had a quick visit:





A few days later, we stopped by the Google office in the newer part of Madrid:













there was a 3D printer in the printing room, nice
there was a 3D printer in the printing room, nice



2 nice cafes:

Spanish meal hours. Lunch until 15:00, and 'pre-dinner' until 19:00 so that you can have your real dinner around 21:00 :)
Spanish meal hours. Lunch until 15:00, and 'pre-dinner' until 19:00 so that you can have your real dinner around 21:00 :)





Funny thing was on the same floor was a wells fargo office:


2018/09/10 Visiting 4 Google Offices around Seattle
π 2018-09-10 01:01 in Google
My team went to Seattle for a couple of days, so I used the opportunity to go see the other nearby offices. The Kirkland campus is a really nice one:


this bike was connected to the kitchen to a blender I think, I didn't get to see it work, though
this bike was connected to the kitchen to a blender I think, I didn't get to see it work, though




huge playing areas
huge playing areas















The next day I went to check out the Bothell office. While it was not open to regular employees, I got a very quick tour:




The redmond office was a small office with a few logistics people, not much to visit. The next day was time to go to work in the Fremont office. Lots of buildings there:











fresh baguette, yum
fresh baguette, yum













Definitely very nice offices, glad that I got to see more of them than on my last trip in 2015.

2018/06/13 Visit of Google Cebu
π 2018-06-13 01:01 in Google
At the end of our philippines trip, we stopped by Google Cebu before going to the airport. Nice to see another building:






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2018/05/25 Visiting 4 of the many Google Manila Offices
π 2018-05-25 01:01 in Google, Philippines
Google actually has 7 offices in Manila, after landing there, Jennifer, Arturo and I went to see 4 of them. The contrast was pretty interesting between the GOGO (Google Owned, Google Operated) buildings and the GOVO ones (Vendor Operated). The latter ones were mostly used for call centers.
We went to see NETP (2 buildings), WCC, and UBT1 which had 10 different floors. The facilities folks were super nice and helpful, they answered my questions before arriving and recommended which buildings to visit.

The vendor buildings were interesting in that they had nap rooms apparently due to staff being there 24x7 to do support, and they also had lots of lockers maybe due to vendors not allowed to bring recording devices inside the building (which includes phones), they were probably also helpful for people who bring scooter helmets which may not fit at their small desk.
We went to see NETP (2 buildings), WCC, and UBT1 which had 10 different floors. The density was also quite high, but when we came to visit not too many people were working, it was probably a quiet time.

Some pictures:


NETP has a great roof terrace with views
NETP has a great roof terrace with views





nice padded elevator in case you go insane :)
nice padded elevator in case you go insane :)




nap rooms, called snug rooms
nap rooms, called snug rooms

lockers for each person working there
lockers for each person working there






2018/05/11 Quick Visit of Google Dallas-Addison Office
π 2018-05-11 01:01 in Google
While in Dallas, I went for quick visit of the Google Dallas-Addison office. It's pretty small, two portions of floors in two different towers, but what it lacked in size, it did not lack in spirit or decors :)










2017/11/07 Google Office in Hong Kong
π 2017-11-07 01:01 in Google
While in Hong Hong, we had to do a quick stop at the office of course. It's not a huge office, but it has a few floors in Hong Kong's time square:












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2017/09/21 Offsite at Northstar in a Snow Storm
π 2017-09-21 01:01 in Google
We had a company offsite where we were supposed to kayak on the lake, and the next day, I was supposed to have my first shot at downhill mountain biking at a ski resort. Well, things did not quite turn out that way due to weather that brought us the first snow of the year, up to 3 inches in some places...

it was nice enough when we arrived
it was nice enough when we arrived

ok, ice rink was short on ice
ok, ice rink was short on ice


We took a shuttle to the lake/beach and had a late lunch there, felt like a swell idea at the time, until a snow storm happened and we barely got back to the ski resort:



got worse
got worse

bad enough that semis were turning around
bad enough that semis were turning around



Smart people stayed inside to play games, I probably should have done that :)



or that too
or that too

Then went to the evening party up the first gondola:



never quite seen northstar that way :)
never quite seen northstar that way :)

generous snowfall
generous snowfall






The next morning, I was hopeful that I'd be able to mountain bike, but the terrain was just too snowy/muddy, so it wasn't meant to be. Instead I went on a short guided hike:





After playing games for the rest of the day, Arturo came to pick me up and we went to Topaz Lake for our 4 day backpacking trip the new day




2017/08/14 Quick Visit of the London Kings Cross Google Building
π 2017-08-14 01:01 in Google, Greatbritain2017
My coworkers were complaining that their office wasn't much to look at, they are waiting to move into a new uber office that will be awesome, but unfortunately the foundations were just being laid, so it's going to be a little while before it's ready. Still, got a few pictures:





One nice feature was all the post it ASCII art :)





bubble bobble!
bubble bobble!

Nice views from the cafe terrace:




got to see my school friend Jerome, who works from that office
got to see my school friend Jerome, who works from that office


2016/12/30 quick visit of the Bruxelles Office
π 2016-12-30 01:01 in Belgium, Google
While coming back from the war museum and walking to the European Parliament, the local Google office was conveniently on the way, so we went to have a quick look. It was December 30th, so the office was understandably virtually empty, but we're happy we still got to have a quick look.











2016/12/17 Xmas Party at Google
π 2016-12-17 01:01 in Google
This year, it was at the new exploratorium in San Francisco. Very nice setting, good food, good party. Too bad I had to leave after only 3H to go to Verso, but glad I went:


Adam dropped by since it was a mythbusters themed party
Adam dropped by since it was a mythbusters themed party

My friend and coworker Max
My friend and coworker Max




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2016/10/26 Googleween 2016
π 2016-10-26 01:01 in Google, Halloween
Another year, another halloween. Nice pokemon go and other video game themed decors, and really fun to have baby piggies and hedgehogs to play with :) They also had other fun games:












oh noes
oh noes

poor jennifer, she lost
poor jennifer, she lost



the capture the flag game was a lot of fun
the capture the flag game was a lot of fun

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2016/10/06 Visiting the Google Berlin Office
π 2016-10-06 01:01 in Germany2016, Google
After meeting a coworker from the Berlin office at Linuxcon Europe 2016, I figured we should go have a quick look at the office while in Berlin, and it was conveniently on a major street we walked multiple times (Unter den Linden) while going between sights. So, when coming back from Pergamon Museum, which was open late that night, we stopped by the office and were pleasantly surprised.

As luck would have it, they were open late due to celebrating Google's 18th anniversary. That was fun and well timed :)



great berlin wall logo
great berlin wall logo

that sums up half the German food we ate :)
that sums up half the German food we ate :)







The main meeting room had a nice party:




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2016/09/26 Visiting Google Munich Office
π 2016-09-26 01:01 in Germany2016, Google
Since I was visiting Germany and going through Munich, I went to visit the office and met Marga from goobuntu-team for dinner and a chat, as she was nice enough to stay a bit late to have dinner/chat with us.

Another nice office to visit even if indeed the layout of towers that don't connect unless you go down to the 1st or 2nd floor, takes a little bit of getting used to:



it's missing eyes and a face :)
it's missing eyes and a face :)

Marga
Marga

need enough room to store the beer :)
need enough room to store the beer :)




two foosball tables, they're not screwing around :)
two foosball tables, they're not screwing around :)

I guess I won't open this door then
I guess I won't open this door then


very nice gym
very nice gym


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2016/08/22 Visiting the Toronto Office
π 2016-08-22 01:01 in Google
Obviously :) I couldn't be in Toronto without going to visit our office there. I went during an evening after a linuxcon party thanks to some nice googlers who helped getting us inside the building after hours since my badge didn't have elevator access but only floor access.







It was another nice office with inventive decors, with a triple thumbs up on using rubik's cubes as pixels for an android picture. The secret room behind the book shelf was nice too :)

I cannot quite express how awesome this is, mapping all those pixels and then 'programming' those pixels on over 600 rubiks' cubes, respect!
I cannot quite express how awesome this is, mapping all those pixels and then 'programming' those pixels on over 600 rubiks' cubes, respect!




A few other misc pictures:






The patio by the cafetaria had a nice view:



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2016/07/12 Quick Visit of Google Japan's New 44th Floor
π 2016-07-12 01:01 in Google, Japan, Japan2016
I had been to the Tokyo Office in the Mori tower a few times, but my friend Erik had just moved to a new 44th floor, so we went to see him for dinner. I also ran into an old coworker, Laurent, who had just moved there a few weeks prior, fun :)
Got a few pictures on the way:


capsule hotel inside the building, cool :)
capsule hotel inside the building, cool :)







2016/05/25 Another Visit of the Google SFO Office
π 2016-05-25 01:01 in Google
They've had a lot of renovation since last time I went. Lots of new nice rooms and decors:





nice view from the cafetaria]












Here are my few pictures from last time in 2014.

2016/05/08 Visiting the Google Office in Seoul, Gangnam Style
π 2016-05-08 01:01 in Google, Southkorea2016
Our second day in Seoul was Monday where all the museums are closed, so it was a good time to go visit the office, as well as to meet Soonson, a fellow coworker and long time Linux enthusiast, for lunch.
The office is located in Gangnam district, famous due to Psy's video, and that literally means "south of river", which it sure was. It took us almost 45mn to get there by taxi (and a bit longer by subway) from the temple quarter in north Seoul.

As always, nice litte office with great people and decors:











foosball is taken seriously in South Korea, great :)
foosball is taken seriously in South Korea, great :)

football too
football too

keeping the office clean with samsung roomba :)
keeping the office clean with samsung roomba :)


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