I’m joining Google!

I finally got the offer! In fact, I ended up with two different offers: one for the Zurich office and another one for the London office. Both for the same position: Software Engineer in Test.

It’s a looooong story, but with a happy ending πŸ™‚

Which one did I take? The London one! Same position, same team, but this time as a fulltime Googler, not an intern.

I can’t wait to start tomorrow!!

“No news…

is good news”. So they say and so I want to believe. I don’t have any news concerning my conversion process to a Googler πŸ™

I was expecting to know whether I had the offer or not last Friday, 7th of August, but for the day being nobody has contacted me. I’ll try to find out what is going on and I hope the decission does not take long, because I was supposed to start working the 24th πŸ˜€

I’ll keep you informed…

Conversion process

One of the advantages of doing an internship with Google is the opportunity to convert to full time employee. The process is quite slow (as all recruiting in Google): you need feedback from a couple of people, then two or more interviews, fill in some information and your application enters the system! In my case I’ve done all the paperwork, talked to my recruiter, mentor, etc. and only the waiting is left!

My internship finishes this Friday, the last day of August, and I’ll know whether I have an offer on the following Friday, September 7th. A bit more than a month for the whole process… Not so much now that I think about it. It can be 6 months for the regular process! So, if you are planning to apply for Google start now πŸ˜‰

The conversion rate for interns is quite high and I think I’ve done a good job, so I’m possitive about the outcome. But just in case… keep crossing your fingers for me! πŸ˜‰

Bastille Day: great desserts at Google!

To celebrate Bastille Day (French national holiday), we had some special desserts… I know you want me to talk about my project: what am I doing at Google? But sorry, this is the only bad thing.. I cannot tell, it is confidential…

But what I can tell you about is food!! And today desserts have been really awesome! Many different cakes, crΓƒΒͺpes, hot apple pie… Just have a look πŸ˜‰

Cake's trolley

Chocolate cake

Was it almond cake?

Meringue and lemon cake

Strawberry cake

Small cakes

More small cakes

Working at Google!

Back in Spain I had no idea Google had an office in London. I knew of Dublin and Zurich offices, but not London. Since I found out, I have had only one goal in mind: join Google! So I updated my CV following the guidelines provided in their website (although they are meant for students), sent it and started preparing for the interviews!

After three phone interviews, four on-site interviews and four months of recruiting process, here I am! I am a Google intern πŸ™‚ This position is only available for students and it lasts between three and eleven months, depending on your course, graduation date, etc. In my case, I am gonna be working here for 4 months as an intern and then.. well, we’ll see πŸ˜‰

The intern process allows you to ask for a full time position after the internship and the decision will be make according to code reviews, reports, interviews, etc. The process depends on your department and location. So far, I’ve had a mid-point review and everything is fine πŸ™‚

So.. wish me luck!!

I'm working at Google!!

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Google PSO Event

Google PSO Event in London was held yesterday at their Victoria offices. It was a great opportunity to learn more about the Partners Solutions division and to meet people interested in joining them. The event was oriented to both PS possible candidates and partners, though I only met people looking for more information or interested in applying for a job in this division.

The event was divided into three parts: 1 hour networking with food and drinks, 1 hour presentation and panel, and another 1 hour of networking with more food and drinks!

The presentation by Dora Hsu, director of PSO, was very clear and gave us a good idea of the work and goals of the Partners Solutions area. But what I liked most, was the panel that took place afterwards. We had 4 panellists including Dora and an engineer. To introduce themselves, they told us their names, original country, role and their favourite food at Google!! (see? food comes out in every Google presentation πŸ˜‰ ). They answered questions in a very informal way, giving an idea of the environment lived in Google offices. I really liked it πŸ™‚

And, finally, after the panel… Sushi!!! Yes, I had the pleasure to meet very interesting people (from business managers, to entrepreneurs and graphics designers) while eating sushi! One of the best networking events I’ve ever seen πŸ™‚ And not because of the food, but because of the great enviroment they managed to create. Everyone was very nice and it was easy to just start talking to anyone. Thanks Google!

And for the ones that could not be there, I leave some photos for you πŸ˜‰

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Google PSO Event

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Google PSO Event