Google Seattle vs. Kirkland

Dec 29, 2018 18 Comments

I'm in the process of team matching after already signing my offer. However I have found out that there are more teams I've matched with for the Kirkland location compared to Fremont which is my preferred location (family nearby, know the area well, like being close to downtown).

Does anyone have any advice/opinions about choosing a mediocre team in my preferred location compared to maybe a better one in Kirkland? I'm a new grad relocating here for reference.

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  • Google stowillio
    I'd stick with a good team over good location. You are more likely to succeed and then transfer. If you don't feel a good fit with the team, it might be harder to work with your manager and perform well.
    Dec 29, 2018 7
    • OP
      I'm not quite sure what a short drive is to you, but 30-45 minutes in traffic doesn't seem that short to me compared to 10 mins of walking. Especially when one doesn't have a good car as a recent college graduate.
      Dec 30, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng
      Dyrntk58ei

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      Dyrntk58eimore
      The commute from Seattle to Redmond sucks ass and is the #1 reason I can't imagine staying at MS long term. I'd imagine Kirkland is similar. Quality of life > quality of work
      Dec 30, 2018
    • OP
      @Dyrntk58ei I'm surprised you're the only one who's mentioned the quality of life aspect which seems like would impact overall happiness in the long run, compared to working on a good team with more likely promotions/interesting projects
      Dec 30, 2018
    • Microsoft
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      🤷🏻‍♂️don’t know what options you all have at Google but I can take a shuttle and I’m in a car pool. I enjoy the drive alone too because it’s a stress-free hour a day listening to podcasts. For me that does = good quality of life. I can live in the city I prefer and work at the company I prefer. Best of both worlds.

      Also, I had a car when I worked at Taco Bell at 16 so I’m sure you’ll be able to afford a car working for Google. People don’t all just drive 100k luxury cars out here like Blind posters might make you think.
      Dec 30, 2018
    • Google iutitdugf
      Plenty of Fremont/Kirkland shuttles with WiFi. Definitely don’t need to self drive.
      Dec 30, 2018
  • Facebook xwvx74
    Dude, you really don’t want to go everyday to work to a mediocre team not being passionate about what you are doing, waiting your pay check. This is the easiest way to destroy your career early. If I were in your shoes where I’m a fresh grad joining a new company like google. I would put the learning first. You can choose your preferred field. that will be much harder later when you are more senior as you have to show impact which will be hard with the learning curve. You work most of your day so working on something you are passionate about worth it. You can make it to a senior in a very short period and triple your salary, have a greater scope if you got all good ratings than if you got bad ratings and tried to make for it.
    Dec 29, 2018 0
  • Microsoft cout<<
    Ask if you can join a team at one location but work in the other. In some cases they’re fine with that.
    Dec 29, 2018 2
    • Google iutitdugf
      That would be a tough sell for a fresh college grad.
      Dec 29, 2018
    • Microsoft cout<<
      Ah true. If the team is fairly split it might fly. Even asking to work closer to home 1 day a week. No harm asking. Worst they can say is no.
      Dec 30, 2018
  • Microsoft / Eng ComputePls
    Go for a good team and take shuttles. It only takes ~20 mins one way.
    Dec 30, 2018 1
    • OP
      There's only one Gbus route that goes to Kirkland from Seattle once an hour. And everywhere I look that 20 minute number seems like the minimum and especially more time coming back from the east side
      Dec 30, 2018
  • Microsoft / Biz Dev MemeGenX
    Pick the team. There will probably be a big shuffle once the new office opens next year anyway
    Dec 29, 2018 1
    • OP
      From what I've heard is that everyone in kirkland is staying there, only those in Fremont are moving to SLU (which that location is also preferable)
      Dec 30, 2018
  • Expedia 7g74h76rge
    new grad - time to learn the ropes of the industry, there is more to development than just writing good code. Family life is important and contributes to the longer satisfied jobs by unwinding the daily work stress. Your decision is not only based on opportunity, but also what you plan your career in next 2 years, 5 years and 10 years. What kind of role would you like to keep doing or like to grow ahead and plan accordingly. Whatever you choose, Best wishes on your job.
    Dec 30, 2018 0
  • Walmart.com / Eng kirkgler
    Pick Kirkland.
    Dec 29, 2018 0