Don’t we all want a great working environment that not only looks great but feels great as well? A place you can’t wait to get to instead of dreading every minute you’re there. Well check out these amazing Google offices around the world. These creative rooms allow for creative minds and unusual spaces. How about working in an office that you are able to use a slide to get down to the next floor? Would you use it? I would! It’s a great way to have a little fun and clear your head. A great substitute for that cup of coffee!
According to Google, “Though no two Google offices are the same, visitors to any office can expect to find a few common features: murals and decorations expressing local personality; Googlers sharing cubes, yurts and “huddles”; video games, pool tables and pianos; cafes and “micro kitchens” stocked with healthy food; and good old fashioned whiteboards for spur-of-the-moment brainstorming.” But see for yourself.
Google’s offices can now be found throughout Europe, Latin America, United Kingdom, Asia and Middle East.
Photo: Peter Wurmli
Visualize yourself sitting in this curtained-off conference room having a meeting with your boss. This winter wonderland with just the right amount of lighting can be found in the middle of the Zurich office. Look inside and you’ll see penguins. Yes that’s correct, penguins as part of the décor and the floor resembles snow which was a fun idea that was put together to represent Zurich’s beautiful winters.
New York City
Photo: Marcin Wichary
The New York City office has a more of a lounge feeling with another open plan and a colorful selection of furniture that looks playful. A unique way of traveling is used from one floor to the floor below; a slide instead of stairs. Monday morning is not looking so boring anymore but leave that coffee cup upstairs! Think better outdoors, enjoy a meeting on top of the roof with a beautiful NYC view of the Empire State Building.
In late 2012, Google added yet another office to their already long list of offices worldwide and made it just as amazing. The new office now resides in Tel Aviv which is now the second in Israel, the first is in Haifa. The new office occupies 7 of the 8 floors and has orange trees, picnic tables, flowers and just an amazing view of the city. A more organic style at this Google office.
This is the original Nabisco building where Google now has its offices in the penthouse floor.
After starting as a two person operation in Carnegie Mellon in 2006, Google now has 150 people in Pittsburgh. In order to accommodate its new employees, Google settled into the penthouse space in a 100 year-old Nabisco cookie factory building. To make the space Googly, they added personal touches that they feel their employees would appreciate includes a gorgeous deck overlooking the city, a giant hammock they call “the trapeze net” a conference room inside a chimney and murals of a railroad bridge and the city skyline. This is just to mention a few of the differences the Pittsburg Google office has from the other offices around the world.
The office in Moscow on the other hand, resembles a fairy tale than anything else; with a tree in the middle of a room where everyone can meet and talk in a soothing and relaxing atmosphere. There’s special lighting installed to allow for an intimate, peaceful and comfortable setting. The micro-kitchens are filled with healthy food and drinks. What else does one need to get their work done, but it doesn’t stop there. Their office is located just 10 minutes from some of the most famous areas in Moscow such as Red Square and you can actually see the Kremlin and St. Basil’s Cathedral from inside of their office. This makes for some dramatic and picturesque views of the city according to Google.
Photo: G. Smirnov
“What’s important is recognizing that people don’t necessarily work best sitting at a desk,” says Google London’s Director of Operations Matt Brittin. “Playing on the Wii or going for a run might fuel new ideas. We look after our staff so that they want to come to work.” Looking at the offices, it seems as though this is a philosophy Google takes seriously because all their offices reflect the same thing; individuality, creativity, innovation, motivation and of course inspiration for employees to be happy and produce excellent work. This room is amazing! What looks like a lounge area with a hint of a library in the background; this huge open space is great for all employees to meet as a group when the time is called upon, otherwise one can always find a room tucked away in a corner where they’re able to work on their own in peace and quiet.
Founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, met at Stanford University in 1995. By 1996, they had built a search engine which initially was called BackRub that used links to determine the importance of individual webpages.
Larry and Sergey named the search engine they built “Google,” a play on the word “googol,” the mathematical term for a 1 followed by 100 zeros. Google Inc. was born in 1998, when Andreas “Andy” von Bechtolsheim, an electrical engineer who co-founded Sun Microsystems in 1982 wrote the first check for $100,000 to fund Google.
Google was founded in 1998 and Incorporation September 4, 1998. Initial public offering (NASDAQ) August 19, 2004
Google now has more than 70 offices in more than 40 countries and 21 in the U.S. but don’t misunderstand it because no two offices are alike. Each represents the local personalities and the employees who work there. Each one is special in its own way.
Do you know the cute cartoons and doodles that you sometimes see attached to the word Google on the home page? Each season or each holiday or special day is observed by Google and are sometimes interactive and a fun way to keep people coming back. Well, there are special artists who work on those pieces and Google now has more than 1,000 different doodles on homepages worldwide. Even though doodles are simple and fun drawings, they can have a very meaningful representation. Do you remember doodling yourself in class when you were supposed to be paying attention, now somebody can actually pay you for doing that.
In April 1, 2004, April fool’s Day, Google launched Gmail which was the next big thing to Aol and Yahoo. Although Aol and Yahoo was still the leading communicating source, Gmail was able to store more storage allowing for more commercial use. It also included features like speedy search as well as threaded messages that are still very common and utilized by many today.
In 2005, Google launched Google Maps and Google Earth in 2005 which was another great advancement.
In 2006, Google advanced further by acquiring online video sharing site YouTube. Today 60 hours of video are uploaded to the site every minute according to Google. In 2007, Android was announced which continued Google on its journey to innovation. Google officially launched Chrome (Chromium) on September 2, 2008 even though news of it was leaked by a comic book a day ahead of schedule. According to StatCounter, as of February 2013, Google Chrome has a 37% worldwide usage share of web browsers making it the most widely used web browser in the world.
What is it that Google understands about business that other employers don’t? Perhaps the founders appreciate what it’s like being in their employees’ shoes and want to ensure they do what they can to give their employees what they need to keep them happy and coming back to work every Monday morning. Maybe it’s the slide in the office but maybe it’s Google’s great sense of business!
Just when we thought we’ve seen it all, Google has stepped it up again. We can expect to see some great ideas come to life. They currently have quite a few projects in the works but I can’t tell you everything. You’ll have to wait and see for yourself!