Google New York
At Google New York, we work in a beautiful old building (it's enormous, a full city block) in one of the hottest neighborhoods in town. We do a range of work in engineering, sales and marketing. We’re everything that’s great about Google, plus the 24/7 buzz of the Big Apple.
Working at Google New York
We’ve grown a lot since we shot this video in 2007, but even then, Google New York was the biggest engineering office outside of Mountain View and the largest Google sales office in the world. Hear firsthand from a bunch of our NYC Googlers on what they love about working in the Big Apple.
We’re Google’s biggest office outside of Mountain View, with thousands of Googlers in engineering and sales.
From ad agencies to media companies, our sales Googlers work with some of the most innovative and influential advertisers around.
Number of New York Googlers: About one-half of Kaprekar’s constant
Some of our conference rooms are named: Apollo Theater, Meatpacking District, George Washington Bridge
Minutes it takes to walk around the outside of the Google New York building: 9
AddressGoogle New York
76 Ninth Avenue
New York, NY 10011
Phone: (212) 565-0000
Inside Google New York
New York is constantly reinventing itself. Take the Meatpacking District: it used to be known for its working slaughterhouses and packing plants. Today it’s known for the High Line, restaurants and fashion boutiques. With that approach to innovation, we realized in 2000, this city is the perfect place for Google.
Our “office” back then: the Starbucks at the corner of 86th Street and Columbus Avenue. It’s 12 years later and we own our very own building, a humongous brick structure that used to be part of the Port Authority. It takes up an entire city block in Chelsea. Perks- and design-wise, we’ve brought it up to code with four amazing cafeterias, scooters for the hallways, fake subway grates and old-time N.Y.C. telephone booths. Oh, and did we mention the full-service (and full-size) dessert truck parked on the 8th floor?
We’re home to more Google engineers than any location outside Mountain View, who’ve worked on products like Search and Ads, Maps and Apps – as well as on major R&D and infrastructure projects. We’re also the company’s North American sales headquarters. Our clients include media companies and ad agencies, some of the most innovative and influential organizations around.
We mirror the city, as a diverse bunch of Googlers who bring their whole selves to work. Celebrating our spirit of inclusivity, are dozens of active Employee Resource Groups – including our Gayglers, Black Google Network and the Hispanic Google Network, to name just a few.
Googlers are incredibly optimistic about our ability to change people’s lives for the better and to delight our users. There’s a sense that anything’s possible here.- Eileen Naughton, Sales DIrector
Google New York: Frequently Asked Questions
What makes Google New York unique?
We’re the company’s second-largest location after Mountain View, with a variety of career opportunities on par with headquarters, especially for engineers (we have more than 1,000) and sales Googlers (we have more than 1,000 here, too). On the engineering side, we’ve shipped key parts of everything from Google Docs to Local Search, Display Ads to Maps, Sites to Wallet and Finance. We developed Person Finder. And we work on core infrastructure. On the sales side, our clients include media companies and ad agencies. We’re also home to the Creative Lab, Google’s in-house advertising and creative agency, staffed by some of Madison Avenue’s finest.
How about your new building? What makes it special?
First of all, it’s huge - 2.9-million-square-feet huge. It has elevators big enough to fit 18-wheelers. Because it takes up an entire city block, walking around it takes 9 minutes.
Wow. What kinds of people come by to check out the space?
A few years before we arrived, FDR visited the building. Since we’ve moved in, so have a lot of other famous people, like Al Gore, Steve Wozniak, Tom Brokaw, Anderson Cooper, Andy Summers, Joshua Bell and Common. We’re across the street from Chelsea Market (in fact, some of our Googlers work there as well), and a short stroll from some of the world’s most important art galleries.
How do you give back to the community?
We give financial support to the High Line, a Robert Moses-era elevated freight railroad renovated as a greenbelt and public park. We volunteer with and give to local low-income schools and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs. We offer quarterly training sessions to help local nonprofits and small businesses use the Internet more effectively. And that’s just the start of it.
Are there any New York Googlers I may have heard of?
Peter Weinberger and Brian Kernighan are the W and K in AWK, a scripting language. Bob Wyman founded PubSub and was a tech industry pioneer at DEC and Microsoft. Alfred Spector is head of research for all of Google; previously, he was head of research at IBM, a founder of TransArc Corporation and an academic at Carnegie-Mellon University, and the developer of work that changed the face of distributed computing. Spencer Kimball helped develop the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP). Stuart Feldman authored Make – now he’s here, too. On the non-technical side, Andy Berndt heads up our Creative Lab out of this office – he and his team are responsible for many of our ad campaigns that you may have seen on TV or across the web. There are more, but we’ll be polite and stop there.
Is working at Google New York different from working at other Google locations?
Googlers around the world are friendly, smart and passionate, and that’s no different here. We enjoy all the perks people associate with Google – from free food and massages to Thank-Goodness-It’s-Almost-Friday parties and quirky design elements. We’ve got Googley nailed. But yes, there are differences to being a Googler in New York – most of them a function of our Manhattan location. This is a capital of finance and fashion, publishing and the performing arts. It rubs off on us in subtle ways, from how we communicate to the pace at which we work. It’s hard to put into words, but we always know we’re in New York.
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