Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Few pix from Google Krakow - 3rd biggest SWE site in Google EMEA

I told you that Google in Krakow is running out of space but on the other hand with more and more engineers joining us we have more perks onsite (massage chairs, fussball table, Google bikes, Wii, 20+ kinds of snacks in micro kitchens etc ;-)). There will be more facilities arriving in coming weeks (with new office space) since Krakow is, as of last week, 3rd biggest SWE site in Google EMEA.

Here are few pix I took a week ago (shots were taken with mobile so they are not top notch quality):

Using linkedin when working for remote location = building strong network overseas

Recently I had a couple of interesting chats with my colleagues about sitting in different location that you recruit for.

Majority of the recruiters in EMEA faced challenges of working with markets they don't know much about. Don't worry building a local network does not have to be that difficult as you think - how to do it in 3 steps:

1. Send email to everyone_country@yourcompany.com with a quick intro: 'hi my name is, i'm your recruiter blah blah. I would like to find top talents for position_XYZ and for that I would like to build a network in your country. If you have linkedin account i would like to connect with you and browse your connections (don't worry - before spamming your 1st degree connections will let you know, but i will focus on your 2nd degree connections) so please accept/send me invites'.

2. See who from this site is on linked in and send them invites

3. Browse the connections/referrers/companies and...

...there you go - you didn't know anyone in the country week ago and now you have 1000+ connections just after linking up with few colleagues

Good luck!

Friday, February 8, 2008

Google Czech Engineering Team - Ahoj

... and another great moment in Google's history in EMEA. We just had first people starting in our Czech Engineering Team and we're gearing up to build great products targeting Czech market as well as contributing to our global product portfolio. Czech Engineering Team will be led by Jan Sedivy who joins us from IBM labs in Prague and I'm looking foreword to things that he and his team will deliver :-) This team will be based in Krakow for the time being.

We're still looking looking for Czech / Slovak speaking Software Engineers, Senior SWEs, Tech Lead Managers and Engineering Directors so if you're interested in being one of the first engineers in this taskforce please apply here.

PS. Speaking of Czech Google -> Tania Le Moigne just made it to the cover of Hospodarke Noviny's weekend insert - here is the full article (in Czech)

PS II - Answer to: 'Does it mean that we can expect more detailed maps of the Czech Republic in google maps soon?' Don't know - The team that is responsible for quality of the maps' scans is distributed globally and I don't know what criteria they use for some parts of the world being in better/worse quality...:-( It would be logic is the criteria would be number of zoom-ins on countries/regions (more zoom ins the better quality pictures they have)