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Life as a Noogler

Seeing this is the end of my first week as noogler, I thought I should relate some of my thoughts so that I may look back at them fondly in the future.

Feeling alive

First and foremost, this is an amazing place to work for. You feel completely appreciated and while most nooglers would allude to the amazing food that is all free here, I am completely blown away at the opportunities given to you here. What you do here in Google makes a difference to millions of people, and Google provides you the tools and support needed to do so.

Need a better ergonomic keyboard? Walk 2 minutes to a hardware depot and get one. No questions asked.

Need a vertical mouse? Yap. Same procedure.

New headphones? New laptop cable? Yes, Yes and Yes.

I exchanged my Mac Pro for a Linux box (don't ask why), and all I had to do was to go online, request for an exchange, and a technician comes down with the new machine and replaces it for me. I almost broke a sweat. So I went to the gym to get it out. (argh, that's terrible writing)

Gym with 20 treadmills which have televisions built-in? And infinite pools? And personal trainers? And monkeys that cheer you on as you exercise?

I made the last one up, but with free gym membership, what can I say?

Maybe you are asking, yes, so what - Google is just throwing money at engineers. What a waste! Well, everything is on a honor system, but I do not see people abusing this privilege and say, getting a fancy keyboard for their mother. These accessories are there for engineers to use and work with. You do not know how empowering this is. In school, I would have to go to my supervisor to request for something as mundane as a keyboard, and not to get a new fancy keyboard as my current one does not suit my posture, but because the current one is so full of biological material that spiders have taken residence in it. I felt beholden to the institution.

Here, I feel that I am part of a organism that is dynamic and growing. Things are a little chaotic, but it's managed chaos. I feel alive here.

Am I drinking the kool-aid? Maybe it's in the food, but hey, it's all true.

The Power

Google technology is crazy wow. The amount of API and libraries that an engineer has access to is mind-blowing. And everyone works out one source control tree. _ONE_. Everything any engineer writes (even an intern) is available to any other engineer for use. And these are not any engineer off the street, these are top-notch "best people I have ever worked with" engineers with top-quality code. Gee. I hope I do not humiliate myself here.

The collaborative nature of Google is outstanding - you think of something, and instead of worrying about the bits and pieces, and coding from scratch, you just have to piece together some of the most powerful technology you have ever seen and bam! Your sauce is done. No, wait. I mean, your program is parallelized and has access to TB of diskspace.

Be with me

If you know me, or even if you do not know me but feel that you are an excellent candidate, and feel like exploring opportunities with Google, please _please_ email me your resume and I will gladly refer you(It's on the main page of this domain). Such a referral can mean the difference between your resume being overlooked and tossed in the bin, and being placed on a priority list for interviews.

I will also love to take the time to talk to you about Google, and how you can be part of this adventure.

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