Noogler dress advice

Thales xxXW73
Jul 3 18 Comments

Joining google soon as an M1.

Current sector (aero) is more traditional in work environment. My daily dress is tucked button down, slacks, dress shoes.

I’m thinking keep same except wear jeans instead of slacks.

My concern is I don’t want to be too off putting to the devs that report to me.

Q) What does community think and how does typical google manager dress?

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  • Amazon / Eng eztP64
    Depends. If you have thick chest hair, you'll want to wear a Hawaiian shirt 1/3 unbuttoned. This will show them who is in charge and gain their respect.

    If you don't have the chest hair, you'll need to try a different tactic. This will center around catching them off balance. You'll want to wear something absurd and shocking like a clownsuit or a monokini. They will be so thrown off guard that you can grab and maintain control from the start.
    Jul 3 4
    • HERE progli
      monokini ftw
      Jul 3
    • United States Postal Service houseMormont12
      I love this
      Jul 3
    • Thales xxXW73
      OP
      That sounds like that would work for Amazon, but this is google
      Jul 3
    • Pinger / Eng create💻
      At Amazon, wear a banana suit
      Jul 3
  • Google PSBudd
    You will figure it out within a week. Just for reference, Sergey and Larry showed up in shorts on stage for the last TGIF (our version of biweekly all hands). So whatever you think is appropriate, you will end up dressing down from there. Also why do you think you need to be better dressed than your direct reports? Such rules don't apply at Google. Jeans and T-shirts work 90% of the time to 90% of Googlers.
    Jul 3 1
    • Thales xxXW73
      OP
      I never implied that need to be better dressed than my reports. Please don’t infer that.

      My goal is represent my team and self the best I can
      Jul 3
  • Amazon
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    The Baronmore
    Definitely need to rock the utilikilt, it'll show your strength in being adaptable and diverse and clearly sends the message of "F*CK with me, and you'll find out how much Bam Bam I'm rocking in this utili kilt."

    Sort of like flipping your dog over on it's back on the fitst day and bitting it on the belly. It'll know who's really the boss.
    Jul 3 0
  • I am a xoogler.

    Jeans and button up shirt is a good place to start. You’ll be better dressed than most off the bat but not too formal.
    Jul 3 0
  • Pinger / Eng create💻
    Google is a traditional work environment in SV
    Jul 3 0
  • Activision Blizzard 86753on
    Don’t tuck your shirt in
    Jul 3 0
  • E*Trade / Finance cbEV72
    Dress as fancy as you want. Who cares whAt devs are thinking
    Jul 3 3
    • Activision Blizzard 86753on
      It is important for managers to get off on the right foot with their teams though.

      If you’re dressed one level higher that’s fine and respectful. If you’re dressed like 10 levels higher that’s awkward and a red flag to the devs... you don’t get a second chance to make that first impression
      Jul 3
    • E*Trade / Finance cbEV72
      Dev won’t care for how you dress if you deliver on your duties.
      Jul 5
    • Activision Blizzard 86753on
      Sure once they know you and you’ve been able to prove yourself.

      There is no reason to start at a deficit though.
      Jul 5
  • Google Awgy10
    Wear current jeans (bought in the past 5 years) with a button down. Subtle patterns strike a more casual note than solids - in a good way.

    Soon enough you will have a T-shirt with a team or product name. Then you'll be set.
    Jul 5 0
  • Google / Eng swg
    Just wear 8 gold chains instead of a shirt. Greet devs with a shoulder massage. Drive a souped up Kia Soul with a massive spoiler. Leave google and become a drug dealer.
    Jul 3 0
  • Google come2daddy
    Wear casuals and it should be fine. Jeans and t-shirt is perfect to gel in with 90% of Googlers

    Rule of thumb is not to wear something with offensive slogans and smelly. As long as it is clean , you should be fine.
    Jul 3 0

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