Engineers looking for a career should consider placing a position in Google’s job cart. Each year Google develops products and services to drive future revenue growth which means continued success even in today’s economic climate. Fortune Magazine weighs in by listing Google as one of the top 100 Best Places to Work in 2008.
Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin as a research project at Leland Stanford University. Dr. Eric Schmidt became CEO in August 2001 and by 2004 the company went public and became worth $23 billion. As of September 2008, Google has 20,123 employees in a variety of positions in offices worldwide. From India to Switzerland, Google wants to understand each internet user’s experience from a cultural perspective.
Google is hiring software engineers, project managers, network operators, human resource administrators and sales and marketing specialists. Applicants should be able to quantify their past achievements and acquire some knowledge of Google services and products before interviewing.
PayScale, an online salary ranking company that compiles market rates for employers, lists the median salary for a software engineer/developer/programmer position at Google as $82,000. Senior software engineers make about $130,000 per year. Business Managers make about $115,000 a year. Google offers medical insurance, a company matched 401K plan, equity benefits, and education reimbursement. The benefit package is personalized for each employee’s needs.
Google’s main office in Mountain View, California boasts an onsite medical facility, laundry facilities and dentist. Google employees get free lunch and dinner and are provided with snacks throughout the day. Employees can get a massage, participate in yoga, get a haircut or have their car washed and clothes dry cleaned while they work. Google offers an extremely laid back working environment with lax dress code and energetic conversation.
Google engineers work in small, focused teams on specific projects. A potential employee should be energetic and future-driven, like the company itself. All ideas are encouraged and listened to. Employees are allowed to work one day a week on a pet project of his or her choosing. In the past such pet projects have resulted in GMail and AdSense. Employees are rewarded for their outstanding achievements and accomplishments.
Google wants passionate, idealistic employees that will create global solutions to provide organized information in innovative ways. Creative, idealistic, go-getters from diverse backgrounds are welcome. Google is always looking for new technologies and new markets and will support employees who do the same. Before you apply to work at Google check to see if your IT skills are up to date.
Getting a Job at Google – The Google Interview Process
What exactly is it that makes employment at Google so elusive? News reports and online articles constantly indicate getting a job at Google is no simple task, so be informed about the process and be prepared for rejection.
The initial application process is a rather simple one, simply Google “Google jobs” and from there you will be brought to a basic international landing page that lists job opportunities by location or by category. From there you can simply find the job that suits your unique skill set and add it to your cart. Once you are all set, and your cart is full of wonderful Google job opportunities, it’s time to finish your application by filling out basic profile details including your college GPA. (Keep in mind you are competing with Ivy league grads, ex-NASA scientists and Fortune 500 decision makers.)
From this point, one of two things will take place:
A) You will get a nice generic email from Google telling you that you fail to meet the requirements for this position but welcoming you to apply again in the future for other positions
B) You will be contacted by phone with a Google recruiter who will ask you a variety of questions and have you rank yourself on a scale of 1-10 across a variety of metrics
For the sake of this article aptly titled “Getting a Job at Google” let’s assume B happens your next step will be an hour long phone interview with a seasoned veteran in the business group you are applying into. If that goes well you will have a 3rd phone interview. These interviews will consist mainly of a series of detailed questions relevant to the position you are applying for as well as real world scenarios or problems that you need to solve while on the phone. It is usually during these two phone interviews that you will be asked some of the highly publicized Google interview questions:
A) Why are manhole covers round?
B) How many times a day does a clock’s hands overlap?
C) How many golf balls can fit in a school bus?
D) How much should you charge to wash all the windows in Seattle?
E) Explain the significance of “dead beef”
Should you answers these questions appropriately and excel on other aspects of your interview you will be flown to the office where you would likely be working and go through a series on face to face interviews. On average, these Google interviews last about an hour and depending upon the role they may range from 5-9 interviews and encompass one or two days.
The interviews will take place with a series of employees you will be interacting with should you get the position. Interviews will take place with employees of escalating importance. As you work your way up the food chain, the interviewers will become more advanced and clinical.
If the Google interviews go well you will be contacted to further discuss the position and an offer will be forthcoming.