Google: How Do I Visit Google Headquarters?

Google headquartersI have visited the Google headquarters in Mountain View several times because I know some Googlers. At last, you can visit Google without a Googler guide. They have opened a new visitor center in the Googleplex at 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View so everyone can visit. Google has also opened a cool park across the street that is closed to the public during the week (Googlers only) and open to the public on the weekends. There is also a gift shop with everything branded Google.

Google provides alternative transportation: bikes for around the Google campus and buses for the employee commute.

Google provides alternative transportation: bikes for around the Google campus and buses for the employee commute.

You may be wondering why anyone would want to visit Google Headquarters. It is fascinating and could be a model for the corporate workplace of the future. While it is not a destination in itself, it makes a fun stop for a day in Palo Alto or San Jose.

Garden furniture provides an alternative meeting or workspace next to the raised garden beds.

Garden furniture provides an alternative meeting or workspace next to the raised garden beds.

My Googler friend met us at Building 43 to sign in and get our name badges. On our way from our street parking we passed the brightly colored Google bikes. These are provided to employees so they can grab a bike and go to other buildings on campus.

Charlie's Cafe is home to all employee meetings although with over 50,000 employees most people participate remotely.

Google auditorium in Charlie’s Cafe is home to all employee meetings although with over 50,000 employees most people participate remotely.

We were able to see the main campus gym, swimming pool, volleyball courts, and laundry facilities. The aim is to make it easy for employees to maintain balance in their life and hence increase their productivity. There is also a lot of free food and beverages available–either from small kitchens in each building or in the dozens of restaurants.

Cafe named for first

Cafe named for first “Google dog”.

Dogs are also welcome at work 2 days a week. They even get their own id tags!

Need to

Need to “hangout” on Google without taking up an entire conference room? Step into this modern phone booth.

The campus atmosphere is casual and collaborative. Of course it is wired for technology, but the most thought has been put into providing a variety of spaces for people to connect.  Check it out.

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