Google San Francisco
Beat poets. The Summer of Love. The original Burning Man. For generation after generation, the City by the Bay has appealed to passionate people who want to change the world. At Google San Francisco we’re keeping that tradition alive. Here, our technical teams and engineers work alongside our sales and media specialists to devise new ways our users can create, communicate and do business.
Working at Google San Francisco
Take a look at our San Francisco office, complete with incredible views of the San Francisco Bay and easy access via public transportation. Hear about the opportunities San Francisco Googlers have to learn, do new things and bring their whole selves to work -- and how their colleagues help inspire them.
Our sales Googlers work with agencies and advertisers big and small to help them achieve their marketing goals.
Number of San Francisco Googlers: About 100 times the fourth Stern prime number.
Some of our conference rooms are named: Mrs. Doubtfire, The Rock, Grateful Dead.
Distance (in blocks) to the worlds largest LED sculpture: 2
Distance to Mountain View worldwide HQ: 36.1 miles
Google San Francisco
345 Spear Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: (415) 736-0000
Inside Google San Francisco
Nestled next to the Bay Bridge, Google San Francisco has been our urban outpost in Northern California since 2007. We’re not far from Silicon Valley (just thirty odd miles) but here we put our own characteristic San Francisco spin on what it means to be Googley. At Google SF, software engineers and computer science experts take on some of our company’s biggest products and challenges. Our engineering teams work on products like Search, Gmail, Chrome, App Engine, core infrastructure and productivity tools that help Googlers around the world do their jobs.
Beyond engineering, we also have a bunch of Googlers who work with our global business teams in account management. Our sales representatives partner with agencies and advertisers–big and small–to engage audiences using Google products.
We do all of this exciting work in one pretty fly workspace. Google SF occupies a few floors in the landmark, LEED Gold-certified Hills Bros. Coffee building, located just across the street from the Embarcadero. From here, we have breathtaking views views of the Bay Bridge, Treasure Island and Alcatraz. More importantly, we’ve got a “taco cam” that makes it easy to check out the queue at our favorite Mexican food truck across the street.
When it comes time to have fun (and it comes often), we have a game room, a slide between floors and a photo booth. Googlers can jump into an impromptu jam in our music room or throw a lunchbreak dance-party with our DJ turntable. From office Olympics to on-site salon-services, we have a unique company culture, and want to celebrate our Googlers often. We go on off-sites to Giants games and local wineries, hiking on Angel Island and ice skating at Justin Herman Plaza.
We look out on the San Francisco Bay, walk to Giants games and are near great bars and restaurants. It’s no wonder people couldn’t stop smiling when we first opened our doors.- Gretchen Howard, Sales Director
Google San Francisco: Frequently Asked Questions
What makes San Francisco different from other Google locations?
We bring a certain je ne sais quoi to our work. We live in one of the most beautiful, vibrant, free-spirited cities in the world. The combination of a major Engineering team with an almost equally large sales presence means we’re equipped to serve all sides of our customers needs. Just hop on one of the scooters we stash throughout the hallways and you can zip from a software engineering pod to a sales-centric nook. We benefit from being just thirty-six miles north of Mountain View, so we’re able to visit our worldwide headquarters for meetings and events when possible—or to just say hi to Stan, the Googleplex’s resident T-rex.
What kinds of work do San Francisco Googlers do?
Our engineers have worked on products like Gmail, Chrome, App Engine, Wallet and Knowledge Graph. We also work on internal services like that help us manage our clients needs, tools that allow us to analyze massive data sets, and ways to improve how we track and respond to feedback from our users. And all that is on top of our work in security, compliance, vendor billing, payment systems and site reliability. On the sales side, we have teams working with agencies and major advertisers in retail, financial services, technology, travel and education, as well as local advertisers.
How do San Francisco Googlers have fun?
We visit amazing museums like the California Academy of Sciences and the brand new Exploratorium, and do things like sail on the Bay, hike in Marin and play kickball in Golden Gate Park. We get groups of Googlers together to go to local happy hours, and hold weekly events like Wine Wednesday. Because we work in one of the world’s most beautiful, visually stimulating cities, our Googler photography club is particularly active. Lucky for us, our SF office is situated just a few blocks from both AT&T Park as well as the Ferry Market Building, so getting to Giants games or zipping out for gelato or Blue Bottle Coffee is a snap. We’re also a very dog-friendly office, so many Googlers regularly bring their four-legged friends to work.
How does Google San Francisco help the local community?
Since 2010, we’ve donated more than $60 million to nonprofits and community organization, and in 2014 we gave more than $6.8 million to fund public transportation access for low-income youth across San Francisco. Every year, we give back to our communities with GoogleServe, where we take part in community services events and programs to beautify local schools, clean up public spaces and support local agriculture. Through Citizen Schools, we invite underserved kids from across the Bay Area into our office, where our Googlers teach them about everything from robotics and marketing to web design and healthy eating.
Through Google Cares-SF, we partner with local nonprofits and do things like visit middle and high schools as part of National Engineers Week. Members of our Black Googler Network work with The Center for Music National Service to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We started the G-Give campaign raising more than $90,000 for local schools and organizations. And we hosted a debate in the most recent San Francisco mayoral race.
Have you had any notable visitors to Google San Francisco?
We’ve hosted all sorts, from Mayors Gavin Newsom and Ed Lee to designer Isaac Mizrahi. We’ve had public-radio host Michael Krasny, novelists T.C. Boyle and Paolo Bacigalupi, food writer Patricia Wells, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Dexter Filkins and Dana Priest, political operative David Plouffe, comedian Jeff Garlin and Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz.
Life at Google San Francisco
San Francisco: Google Home Video Contest entry
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