"We're running out of space in our other offices there, and we're continuing to grow," a spokesperson said. Solution? Expand in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood, to make room for up to 240 more Googlers, "Seattle" Software Engineers, in particular.
Google now has an engineering center in Kirkland and sales offices at another building in Fremont. The new space will be used to house more engineers, according to Seattle Times reports.
Google trumps Microsoft in Seattle I reported last month:
Kirlkland called, and a (Micro)Softie responded!
David Bennett, Microsoft Software Development Engineer, happily announces to the world at a Microsoft TechNet blog that: I just accepted a position to work at Google up in Kirkland, so still in Seattle. I think this will be a good change and a fun job.
Fun indeed, as Google "Massage Expert" Reza Behforooz (and sometimes Software Engineer) can attest to:
"Life at the Googleplex is often full of fun surprises," she giddily shared at the Official Google Blog just last week:
One day, I was asked if I could do a massage interview. I was already a big fan of our massage program, and I was familiar with doing interviews at Google, but I didn't know about massage interviews. Regardless, it sounded Googley, and I decided to help.
Getting a massage at work is a favorite perk among Googlers. As with anyone we hire, our massage therapists have to go through an interview process...but the actual interviews are a little unique. We ask the therapists to do what they do best -- give massages. And as Googlers, it is our duty to help with the hard task of receiving table or chair massages as part the interviews. Though we do have to write detailed feedback about the massage, just like any other interview, in this interview, all I had to do was close my eyes and relax. Who knew interviewing could be so easy!
NOW, if Google could only do something about that other Googley "perk": GOOG!