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Software Engineer, Site Reliability Intern 2016 - Google

Google Switzerland GmbH

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Software Engineer, Site Reliability Intern 2016 - Google



Google Zurich brings Googlers together from 75 countries. As a major engineering hub for

EMEA, our hardware and software engineers use every aspect of computer science to push

technology forward. When these teams partner with Googlers in non-technical roles (which

include sales jobs and account manager positions), we solve some of the most challenging

engineering problems and make great products that are used by millions of people.







Google Zurich







Google Zurich brings Googlers together from 75 countries. As a major engineering hub for

EMEA, our hardware and software engineers use every aspect of computer science to push

technology forward. When these teams partner with Googlers in non-technical roles (which

include sales jobs and account manager positions), we solve some of the most challenging

engineering problems and make great products that are used by millions of people.













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Accomplishments





We’re Google’s largest engineering office in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.





Our engineers have worked on Maps,

Search, Gmail,

Calendar and YouTube, as

well as on core infrastructure.





We’re also home to a sales team serving Swiss clients.









Stats





Number of Zurich Googlers (a.k.a. Zooglers): Not as many as the number of

megawatts it takes to go back in time





Some of our conference rooms are named: Eichhof, SBB, Luke Skywalker





Number of nationalities among Zooglers: 75









Address





Google Zürich
Brandschenkestrasse 110
8002 Zürich
Switzerland
Phone: +41 44-668-1800













Inside Google Zurich





Here in Zurich, we like to think of ourselves as “the real Mountain View.” Not

because we’re the company’s engineering headquarters for Europe, the Middle East and

Africa (EMEA), but because of the views out our top-floor Sky Lounge’s windows. Trust

us, the Alps may look impressive in Google

Earth
, but in person, they’re spectacular.





Our office has a different design theme on each floor, massage stations and

restaurant-quality food. Our latest feature for foodies: A cafeteria called fork(),

which may serve the best Asian food in Zurich. Our computer engineers (a third of

whom have a Ph.D.) do important work across our technology groups, and our launches

have included Maps for

EMEA, Search refresh, key Gmail

features like the priority inbox and account abuse protection, and content ID and

monetization products for YouTube.

Projects like these require skills in everything from software development and

software testing to system and network engineering.





With Googlers from across EMEA, Zooglers are an especially diverse bunch. Take a

two-minute walk to the cafeteria, and you’ll probably hear more languages than you

can count on both hands.









Our diversity lets us approach topics from a lot of different perspectives. That’s

important when you’re building products for global markets.

- Robin Williamson, Engineering Director









Google Zurich: Frequently Asked Questions





What kinds of engineering work do Zooglers do?





We empower our engineers to bring their own ideas to life and contribute to the

development of Google’s products, making an impact both locally and globally. We have

done a lot of work with Google Maps,

with launches including things like directions and public transit information in Maps

for EMEA markets. We’ve had a strong Search and Ads team working on making the web

better for users and Google partners, and an impressive Search infrastructure team.

We’ve done a lot of work on Calendar and Gmail as part

of Google Apps; we’ve launched Gmail features like priority inbox and account abuse

protection. And our YouTube

engineers have focused on innovations benefiting users, content creators and

advertisers.





Is Zurich home to any sales Googlers, as well?





Yes, we have a team that works with Swiss advertisers.





Zooglers are pretty proud of their office. What makes it particularly Googley?







Well, for starters, we’re just generally happy to be in Zurich. It is an amazing city

with a tremendous quality of life, from the top notch Swiss education system to the

great options for public transportation.





But as for the office? We have a Jungle Lounge filled with more than 100 plants. We

have a Water Lounge with massage chairs and aquariums built into the walls. We have

slides and firepoles and delicious food. We have pinball and foosball, Pac-Man and

ping pong. We even have antique gondola ski lifts where Zooglers can go for some

private time.







What do Zooglers do for fun?





There’s a big group of Zooglers interested in sports involved in everything from

badminton to ultimate Frisbee to football ("soccer," for you Americans). And it turns

out that many of our engineers are musically talented – we have a couple of different

Google bands that practice after work. We have TGIFs with themes based on different

EMEA countries. Our teams go on cool off-sites, like skiing (we’re less than an hour

from some of the best slopes in the world) or building igloos or going dragon boating.

And we’ve had everybody from Eric Schmidt and Larry Page to Vint Cerf, Donald Knuth and

U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland Don Beyer to our office.





Any other visitors you’d care to mention?





Alice Cooper! We have a couple of conference rooms named after Alice Cooper, and when

he came, a bunch of Zooglers dressed up like his stage persona. Some of us even formed

a band and played some of his songs for him. He said we weren’t bad, but we decided to

keep our day jobs.





Are there any thought leaders or prominent Googlers in Zurich?





Bram Moolenaar is pretty well known in the open source software community. He wrote

Vim, a popular text editor. Thomas Hoffman has published quite a bit of research, with

papers on topics like data clustering and machine learning. Plus, Urs Hölzle, Google

Fellow and senior vice president of operations, is from Switzerland, and frequently

comes back to visit the Zurich office.





How do Zooglers give back to their community?





In too many ways to mention. For example, at Christmas, we put up a big tree in our

reception area; Zooglers put gifts under the tree, and we give the gifts to patients at

a local children’s hospital. We run for charity. We volunteer to work at a pet shelter.

And we match charitable donations made by Zooglers.









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