Kitchener-Waterloo is our biggest Canadian development office, home to Canooglers from around the world. We value speed and reward passion, prioritizing highly collaborative, cross-functional teams. Plus, you get to work at Google and live in Canada – not bad, eh?
Inside Google Waterloo
Google Waterloo fosters innovation and builds products that reach millions of people around the world. Take a look inside Google Waterloo and meet site director Steven Woods. Find out what our teams develop, how we operate and how we are growing our engineering teams for the future.
We’ve launched a number of high-impact products like Google+ for Android and iOS, and Gmail for Mobile, while making a ton of important contributions to Ads infrastructure and the Chrome browser.
Number of Kitchener-Waterloo Googlers: More than the number of known moons in our solar system
Some of our conference rooms are named: Endor, Cardassia Prime, Magrathea
Distance from Google Kitchener-Waterloo to downtown Toronto, in kilometers: 108
151 Charles Street West
Kitchener, Ontario, N2G 1H6
Phone: +1 519-880-2300
Inside Google Kitchener-Waterloo
We’re Google’s Canadian development headquarters, and the site of Canada’s only officially recognized in-office slide (a government official came to our opening to give it the stamp of approval). Our Canooglers work as hard as Googlers everywhere, helping to build what many call “Canada’s most important tech cluster.”
We’re spread throughout the historic Lang Tannery Building, which we share with artisans, small businesses and a start-up accelerator. We’re the birthplace of Gmail for Mobile and have worked on core infrastructure as well as products like Ads, Apps, Chrome and Chrome OS. We have a game room, on-site massage, an awesome patio and a fire pole for when you don’t want to take the stairs.
Interested in working on products used by millions around the world alongside people who know it’s “peameal bacon,” not “Canadian bacon”? Join us.
We work on world-class problems using world-class infrastructure. Our projects are high profile and global in nature, and our culture is super entrepreneurial.- Joanne McKinley, Engineering
Google Kitchener-Waterloo: Frequently Asked Questions
How long has Google been in Kitchener-Waterloo?
Since 2005, when we acquired a local mobile technology company. But my, have we grown. Today, in addition to our large contingent of Canucks, our Canooglers speak over 20 different languages and hail from more than 20 countries.
What do Kitchener-Waterloo Googlers do?
Our engineers have worked on Google Fiber, Conversion Optimizer, Doubleclick AdExchange, Mobile Gmail, Mobile Docs, Chrome, Chrome OS and Commerce products like Shopper. We’ve also run infrastructure supporting a range of products.
Is Google Kitchener-Waterloo involved in the local developer community?
We had the largest North American audience for Google I/O in 2011 outside of Mountain View. Our Canooglers also speak at universities, and we host events for local developers. For example, recently we hosted the Ship Wars Programming Competition, a full-day event where nearly 40 local participants came into the office to code their own intergalactic spacecraft in the programming language of their choice, and then battled one another in a virtual arena.
What makes Kitchener-Waterloo different from other Google locations?
We’re not a huge office, so our Canooglers get to know each other across functions, and we can make things happen in a hurry. But we punch above our weight in terms of importance to Google’s business. And there’s a certain Canadian-ness to the way we have fun. For instance, we have TGIM (thank goodness it’s Monday) celebrations instead of TGIFs (thank goodness it’s Friday). We have a big-screen TV, a refrigerator full of beer and a bunch of Kitchener Rangers paraphernalia for the (numerous) hockey fanatics among us. And for Movember, our Canooglers not only grow moustaches but also dress as lumberjacks.
What are some fun things that have happened at Googler Kitchener-Waterloo recently?
We had an impromptu Oktoberfest. Kitchener’s Oktoberfest is the largest outside Germany, so it’s a pretty big deal around here. Our site lead just decided to celebrate, so we got a bunch of sausage and beer and had a party. This wasn’t terribly surprising, though. We’re no strangers to parties – each year, we throw a great holiday party and a big summer barbecue (last year’s was complete with inflatable jousting and a professional hypnotist). We’ve also been expanding – in addition to some new office space, we recently added a larger gym and half of a basketball court.
Where do your Canooglers live? How do they get to work?
Some of us walk. Some of us drive. It’s really easy to get to work around here, and with shuttles from the greater Toronto area, we make it even easier.
What do you do to contribute to the community?
We do a lot to help promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. For example, we worked with the Waterloo Region District School Board to help improve wireless Internet coverage in their elementary schools, and recently helped fund travel for 14 girls to the 2011 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. We provide support to Shad International and Let’s Talk About Science at the University of Waterloo, both of which provide programs dedicated to raising awareness of math, science and technology. We’re also active outside of STEM. Through GoogleServe, for example, we’ve helped restock the Grand River with fish for the past several years. And we helped build a virtual, interactive space for the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery.
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