Saturday, December 1, 2007

Brief Period Of Unemployment

A lot of you probably already heard this one way or another, but I figure I should blog about it for the people who I haven't seen in person over the last couple of weeks.

Yesterday was my last day working for Joost. Tomorrow I'm flying out to California and Monday morning I'll start my new job at Google. Don't worry, I'll only be in California for two weeks, then I'll be working from the Google office in Cambridge.

Just to be clear, I left Joost on the best of terms. I fully enjoyed my time with the company, I met some great people, learned a lot, and got to work on some awesome things, a number of which have not yet seen the light of day but trust me, they're very cool. I expect nothing but great things from the company going forward, and I wish my former coworkers nothing but the best of luck.

If things were so peachy why did I jump ship for Google? Well, the primary reason was simply one of work environment. I've been working from home for a while now, and largely because of the way my living situation has changed over the past year it had become clear that I wasn't going to be able to do it forever. Working from home when you are living with a couple of roommates who are in and out fairly regularly is one thing. Doing it when you're living with a fiancee who's gone all day is rather different. Human interaction (on a face-to-face basis, not just online) is important, and I could see that sooner or later the need to actually hang out with other engineers on a daily basis was going to be a problem.

Yes, it turns out that actually having an office to go to can be a big benefit. I never thought I'd say it, but I'm actually looking forward to having a commute again. We'll see how well that holds up after I've actually had my first week or two riding the commuter rail in to South Station, followed up by a short T ride out to Kendall Square...

So, that's the position I was in when I heard from a Google recruiter, and I figured I might as well investigate the possibility. If I was going to be in a position where sometime in the next 6-12 months I'd be looking for a job with a company that had a local office I might as well take advantage of the fact that a really great company with a local office was actually knocking on my door. A few months later everything has worked its way through the Google hiring process and here we are.

It was a very difficult decision to make, and I suspect I won't know for at least a year or so if it was the right one, but with all the options in front of me taking the job at Google seemed like the best choice for me right now.

And yes, for the thousandth time, I'm sure a picture of me in the Noogler beanie will be making the rounds sooner or later, as Joanna says I'm not allowed to spend two weeks out in Mountain View unless she gets to see one.

7 comments:

  1. Congratulations on the new job, and I wish you a smooth transition!
    I believe we'll be working in the same building once you start (One Broadway). Either way we'll both be in Kendall Square, so we should grab lunch every now and then...

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  2. Hey -- funnily enough, I had exactly the same thoughts on my recent job swap... I'd also had enough of working from home, the lack of social contact, and (in my case) a wish to avoid an 8-hour time difference between myself and the base office, so I switched to a local, 9am-6pm-ish, commuting-to-an-office job.
    Mind you, I didn't have the patience to sit through the legendary 14 interviews, so it's not at Google in my case ;)
    (joking, of course. in reality, I get the impression Google Dublin mostly revolves around edicts from the mothership, 8 hours away, which is one of the issues I was planning to avoid.)

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  3. Congrats and good luck. We will miss you on the chat. :)

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  4. Your story resonates a lot here...I recently moved across the country (not that NLD is, ehm, big) to go and work with people face-to-face more. It's a Good Thing(tm).
    'grats and good luck in the new job Garrett! I'm sure it'll work out well for you.

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  5. Good luck at Google!
    I'm good for a lunch while you are out here in Cali.
    Cheers,
    Chris

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  6. oops. very rude of me. I forgot the most important bit: congrats!

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  7. Congratulations -- a bold move, but surely it will be rewarding!

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