Google Sydney

Sydney is one of our largest global engineering centers and the home for sales support operations in the region. We bring together a diverse team in one of the most fun and beautiful cities in the world, and have a distinctly true blue take on Googley. Fair dinkum!

Hangout on Air: History of Google Sydney

Lead tech recruiter Jeff Moore hosts a hangout with two Sydney Googlers: engineering director Alan Noble and distinguished engineer Rob Pike. Watch this Hangout on Air to get a history of the Sydney office from two of the guys that have been there since the beginning.

Accomplishments

We have hundreds of engineers, who’ve worked on Chrome, Apps, Geo and Social products, as well as on infrastructure.

We have a sizable sales team working with advertisers big and small alike.

We were named best place to work in Australia by BRW Magazine and Australian employer of choice by Insync Surveys and RedBalloon in 2011.

Stats

Number of Sydney Googlers: More than eight times the number of zeros in a googol

Some of our conference rooms are named: Lovelace, Howzat, Fat Yak

Number of inventors of Tetris on staff: 1

Address

Google Australia
Level 5, 48 Pirrama Road,
Pyrmont, NSW 2009
Australia
Phone: +61 2 9374 4000

Inside Google Sydney

We’re the perfect size for a Google office. We’re a major engineering and sales support center, so we get to work on major products. But we’re also small enough that it’s just that much easier for us to push a good idea forward.

We’re predominantly Aussies and Kiwis, but a third of us hail from overseas. We have a strong Gaygler community, and sponsor the Sydney Mardi Gras. We’re especially proud of the work done by our Crisis Response team after the 2011 Christchurch earthquake and Australia floods.

We’re located on the water in Pyrmont, with views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Rocks and Darling Harbour. Our building is the greenest in Sydney. Inside, we have a "living wall" made of plants, a tire swing, a library with a nap pod and some amazing coffee machines. Googlers taking a break from the office can check out a kayak or one of our two electric cars (Mitsubishi I-MiEVs).

The biggest surprise when I started at Google was how transparent the company is. It blew me away, how much information I had at my fingertips.

- Claire Hatton, Sales

Google Sydney: Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of work goes on at Google Sydney?

We’re one of the fastest-growing Google engineering hubs in the world. Our engineers have worked on Maps, Apps, Chrome and Blogger, as well as site reliability, network infrastructure, App Engine and the Go programming language. We’ve got experts in everything from HTML rendering and HTML5 to image rendering engines and 3D graphics. We also have a significant team of sales Googlers working with big advertisers in the travel industry, as well as with smaller, local advertisers.

What’s the coolest work to come out of Google Sydney?

On the engineering side, this was the birthplace of Maps. More recently, we’ve launched Docs for Android and Dynamic Views in Blogger. On the sales side, Sydney Googlers were the first to work with sales integration partners in India, increasing efficiencies there. We’ve helped tens of thousands of small and medium-sized businesses in Australia and New Zealand get online, drive traffic to their website and grow revenue. And in 2011, we hosted the 101 musicians from 33 countries selected by YouTube users to make up the YouTube Symphony Orchestra for a week-long festival of music and collaboration, culminating in a concert streamed live on YouTube from the Sydney Opera House.

Do you do much with the local developer community?

We sponsor programs like the Eureka Prize for computer science innovation and the Australia and New Zealand Anita Borg Scholarships for women in engineering. We participate in Geek Girl Dinner and RoboGirls, mentoring younger women in computer science and programming. We give developers a chance to strut their stuff via events like Summer of Code, Code Jam and the Highly Open Participation Program.

What does Google Sydney do to contribute to a better Australia?

We partner with organizations like the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN), the Inspire Foundation (which is behind the mental-health service ReachOut.com), Bravehearts (which fights child abuse) and Hector’s World (a website promoting child cyber-safety). We host charity fundraisers. With AIME, we mentor indigenous Australians. We sponsor a program for the University of Melbourne’s Institute for a Broadband Enabled Future to encourage innovation. We partnered with AARNet to launch Measurement Lab tools. And our Crisis Response team responded to the Queensland and Victoria floods and Victoria bush fires with innovative technology designed to save lives.

What do you do for fun?

Depends who you ask! For those looking to learn something new, we have a photography club, a Toastmasters chapter and our own library (complete with hammocks). You’ll find our more competitive Googlers in our games room—we have table tennis, foosball, pinball, and an extensive collection of video games at the ready. Our fitness-minded Googlers are often sweating it out in a yoga, pilates, or boot camp class—all available at the office. And those in need of a little relaxation? They might be recuperating with a visit to our onsite massage and physio.

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