Googler

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I have been in love with Google for a number of years and of late, this love has turned into a case of obsession.

My incessant researching, investigating and stalking has equipped me with a wealth of knowledge about the company and led me to the conclusion that I would like to work there, someday (soon).

Google isn’t your conventional company. They are growing by the minute yet still possess that small-company feel, which many of us crave at our respective corporations. Their employees tend not to feel like corporate slaves – on the contrary, they feel like their opinion matters in important decisions. According to their website, Google provides individually-tailored compensation packages that can be comprised of competitive salary, bonus, and equity components, along with the opportunities to earn further financial bonuses and rewards. Brilliant! Furthermore, they have offices all over the globe with small focused teams and high energy environment, giving you the opportunity to travel as well.

Google’s founders often state that the company is not serious about anything but search. They built a company around the idea that work should be challenging and the challenge should be fun. Till this day, they have stuck to this commitment. To that end, Google’s culture is unlike any in corporate America, and it’s not because of the funky lava lamps and large rubber balls, or the fact that one of the company’s chefs used to work at the Grateful Dead. It’s a lot more than that and Google has a lot more to offer than you can imagine. One of my favorite Google quotes is that “in the same way Google puts users first when it comes to online services, Google puts employees first when it comes to daily life in its offices.”

Adwords is Google’s flagship advertising product and main source of revenue. Have you ever noticed how Google’s text ads are short, have only one title line, and are discretely placed on the side? I think it’s brilliant that it’s not in your face and annoying when compared to other irritating websites. Advertisers specify the words that should trigger the ads and the maximum amount they are willing to “pay per click” and the order of the listings depends on other advertisers’ bids and quality score determined by Google. Since ads aren’t distracting, the user remains focused and interested.

As Eric Schmidet, the CEO of Google once said – “The goal is to strip away everything that gets in our employees’ way. We provide a standard package of fringe benefits, but on top of that are first-class dining facilities, gyms, laundry rooms, massage rooms, haircuts, carwashes, dry cleaning, commuting buses – just about anything a hardworking employee might want. Let’s face it: programmers want to program, they don’t want to do their laundry. So we make it easy for them to do both.”

With my background and experience, I see myself working in sales, business development, or account management for the company. I guess I will have to be patient until the economic climate settles down before filling out applications again. Apparently, they only interview and consider employees from the top 10 universities but I’m hoping they do make exceptions. If not Google, then there are a ton of amazing marketing & advertising companies I’m keen on joining and am in discussion with as well.

There you go, folks! My professional aspirations laid out on the table for you. What are yours?

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15 comments

  1. David · · Reply

    Top 10 Reasons to Work at Google

    Lend a helping hand. With millions of visitors every month, Google has become an essential part of everyday life – like a good friend – connecting people with the information they need to live great lives.

    Life is beautiful. Being a part of something that matters and working on products in which you can believe is remarkably fulfilling.

    Appreciation is the best motivation, so we’ve created a fun and inspiring workspace you’ll be glad to be a part of, including on-site doctor and dentist; massage and yoga; professional development opportunities; shoreline running trails; and plenty of snacks to get you through the day.

    Work and play are not mutually exclusive. It is possible to code and pass the puck at the same time.

    We love our employees, and we want them to know it. Google offers a variety of benefits, including a choice of medical programs, company-matched 401(k), stock options, maternity and paternity leave, and much more.

    Innovation is our bloodline. Even the best technology can be improved. We see endless opportunity to create even more relevant, more useful, and faster products for our users. Google is the technology leader in organizing the world’s information.

    Good company everywhere you look. Googlers range from former neurosurgeons, CEOs, and U.S. puzzle champions to alligator wrestlers and Marines. No matter what their backgrounds Googlers make for interesting cube mates.

    Uniting the world, one user at a time. People in every country and every language use our products. As such we think, act, and work globally – just our little contribution to making the world a better place.

    Boldly go where no one has gone before. There are hundreds of challenges yet to solve. Your creative ideas matter here and are worth exploring. You’ll have the opportunity to develop innovative new products that millions of people will find useful.
    There is such a thing as a free lunch after all. In fact we have them every day: healthy, yummy, and made with love.

  2. Working for Google is really a dream.It’s such an amazing place to work – they take care of dry cleaning, car washing and you can bring your pets there.Googlers get tuition reimbursement, stock options, almost unlimited sick time, flexible work hours, and cash bonuses if they bring in a friend who gets hired and 20 percent of the work time, you can spend on your personal projects. I want to work there so badly, that I will even work for them free. That last part was meant to be a joke. Or maybe not.

  3. They bring their pets there? Uh oh…not good for cynaphobes like Omar!

  4. I would do everything I can to overcome my fear if I was ever to be given the opportunity to work here! ha ha

  5. Funny thing is, I want to work for google too! 😛

  6. Hassan · · Reply

    I have decided today that I want to change fields or at least industries (pharma is getting blah) after next June (Guess why next June!!!). After reading your article Special Projects Manager at Google seems very tempting.

  7. Stephen · · Reply

    Came across this article and I knew you would love it. lol. Want to clean up your identity on Google?

    http://www.newsweek.com/id/196862

  8. shaheryar mirza · · Reply

    Google is rad.. An acquaintance of mine just married on of the founders..ha ha..Do you want me to hook you up? Do they have any offices in your beloved dubai?

  9. Are you serious? Where have you been hiding dude? Introduce me!

    Yes, they do have an office in Dubai. I contacted the guy in charge of the Dubai office through Linkedin and he was kind enough to write back to me and requested for me to call him.

    We spoke but unfortunately, it’s a very small office and they aren’t looking to hire right now. They were recruiting a few account managers, which is what I wanted to do but they hired them internaly thruogh other Google offices!

  10. shaheryar mirza · · Reply

    ahh not bad!!

  11. Yeah, I’ve been a bit over efficient in this department. ha ha!

    Ok, so let’s go back to your friend. I’ll BB message you to ask for more details!

  12. Omar good job. Now you’ll be competing with everyone who read this post for the same job at Google. Btw, did you mean that the chef used to play in the BAND, The Grateful Dead, or used to work with them.

  13. Err, how is possible that I’m getting spam on my gmail regarding Google? Doesn’t makse any sense. Shouldn’t there be some sort of filter where they can’t abuse Google while using Gmail?

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    This mail is to notify you have been selected as a winner to receive the sum of £850,000 British Pounds in our on-going Google anniversary lotto draws.
    Your email address was attached to the following winning numbers that made you one of our lucky winners for this year draw :Ticket number:
    For more info/ how to claim your prize,contact the processing agent (Mr. Grahams Benfield) with the email addresses below by sending your winning numbers,full names, sex and location.
    Agent E-mail(s):grahamsbenfield787@gmail.com,grahams.benfield@thedotmail.com
    Wishing you good luck as you’ll spend your fortune!!
    Sincerely,
    Mr. Petersen, Promo Coordinator

  14. They have really limited their job openings! Ive been looking every single day!

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