Just started at Google on Monday with a bang! Hopped on a plane from a vacation in Italy to Newark to Mountain View, where I did my Noogler training.
I was really impressed how smoothly and quickly all of us up and ready. Google was ready for us and we were ready to hit the ground running. The rest of the day revolved around the usual forms and processes and an introduction to Google.
After we finished Day 1, I hopped on the cross campus bus to the Googleplex to sightsee. I saw the T-Rex and volleyball courts from The Internship, but also really enjoyed the Android Sculpture Shop. Because I’m based in NYC and my fam is in TX (and really wanted swag), I hopped into a food area to order family Google gear sent directly to home.
The day started off super early with a ton of onboarding information. Most of the day was spent on talking about Google’s culture, diversity, and inclusion. I really enjoyed the focus on culture and the small details, showing a lot of thought and effort Google put into having each of us at orientation. To me, I felt that Google really does care about its employees.
At lunch, we sat with people in our groups. I met a lot of interesting, authentic people of all sorts of roles from the LA office, MTV, Sunnyvale, San Francisco who would work on Ads/Adwords with me. I found everyone to be genuinely nice, curious, and like I had found my tribe!
At the end of the day, we all got our graduation caps. They are awesome little hats with propellers that say “Noogler” on them…and we tossed them!
To celebrate, I hopped on the Google bus into the city and got off at Haight to try out the transportation. It took a little more than an hour, but the buses were very spacious, cool, and I slept most of the way. I celebrated the end of Noogler with friends at Hawker Fare in the Mission district in SF.
I am so excited to be part of Google..such a great group of people in a relevant place with such amazing culture making real impacts on peoples’ lives!