January 15, 2016

The Tek Team’s Visit to the Googleplex!

View of the main building on the Google Campus.

By Nick K. 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to visit the Googleplex? By now, there is plenty of information available about how awesome the Mountain View campus really is. 

From the rolling green hills, vibrant Google bikes, and plenty of areas for employees to take a rest and enjoy the beautiful outdoors, the Googleplex is a great place to be. After all, there had to be a reason why Google is one of the top places to work at across the US—besides the excellent career opportunity to include the tech industry and the world, of course. 

Luckily, one member of the Tek Team had an opportunity to visit the Googleplex this past weekend! The experience was definitely worth it as Google’s main campus did live up to the hype. However, the only issue was that the Tek Team member visited Googleplex during the weekend, which meant that all of the Google office buildings were closed. Perhaps next time they could go on a tour of the Google offices to see what they were like. Aside from that,the Googleplex campus is still available and open to the public, and totally worth a visit.

Google encourages people to visit the Googleplex to see all the various statues and what life is like for people at Google. The campus is located on the north end of Mountain View. The property backed into Shoreline Park and was to Charleston Park. 

Only a small part of the Googleplex Campus. Photo courtesy of Google Maps.

This means that the Google campus is away from the freeway,and you felt distant from business of the city. While on campus, there are plenty of beautiful scenery, including towering redwood trees that wave freely in the wind and quiet and secluded streets where the occasional car coasts on by. Not to mention, the campus itself is huge! There are well over 25 Google buildings. This shouldn’t be a surprise though given all of the projects Google is constantly working on.  

Working for eGumball, Inc., a Google partner, and educating others about how Google has grown to one of the top companies in the world, it felt quite surreal to see the campus sitting in front of me. I parked my car and walked up to what I thought was their main building. It was difficult to tell which building was actually the “main” one, considering most buildings throughout the campus were different shapes and sizes. 

Luckily, I think I did find the main building, however, because it had the Android holding a marshmallow in front of it. Some things I noticed while walking throughout the Googleplex were the amount of Google bikes parked on campus and in the surrounding area. 

Photo courtesy of Business Insider.
These Google bikes can’t be missed, with their vibrant colors of yellow, red, blue, and green. I didn’t have an opportunity to try them out, but they looked like your typical bicycle.

The chrome Android providing a warm welcome.
The next thing I noticed was how fun most of the various Google buildings looked. Most buildings had something Google-ish about them. For example, near the visitor center they had a giant Android bot with glowing eyes waving hello. 

Other buildings throughout the campus had beautiful fountains, green grass, hanging sleep pods, picnic tables, and lounge chairs. Some buildings even had a basketball hoop and, ping pong table outside! I couldn’t think of a better way than to start out my week with a game of ping-pong in the outdoors.

The only real issue that I had was trying to find the Google Visitor Center. It was located on the southeast side of the Google campus, which was off its main streets. During my visit to the Google campus, I made it a priority to see the Android statues, which are pictured below.

The Android Statues. Photo courtesy of The Bubbly Bay.
Google originally had the Android bots, which are named after different version of the Android software operating systems, and in front of Android building which has an Android bot stained on the glass. Sadly, Google moved them down to the Google Visitor Center. After quite some time I was able to find the Android sanctuary, but it looked like it had seen better days. 

The new location of the Android Statues by the Google Visitor Center Beta.
Overall, I was very thankful to find the wonderful Android statues sitting peacefully. Perhaps the Android bots wanted a change of scenery? In any event, visiting the Googleplex was an incredible experience. I highly recommend it to those who are interested in traveling and seeing new places, especially such innovative ones! It really brought a new perspective on what a workplace can be!

Have you been to the Googleplex before? What was your favorite part about it? Please feel free to let us know in the comments below. 

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