How flexible is Google with work location? Does it differ by team/function?
Passed on applying for several network engineering TPM positions because they would all require me to relocate. There is an office in my city, but from what I can tell, its mostly SWE/SRE focused with some sales / support roles.
I'm currently in the process for a Google Cloud job that was originally listed for the locations of Sunnyvale (HQ), Austin, and New York City. I live in Seattle, where Google has a large presence, and a new office building that is walking distance from where I live at. I initially asked the recruiter about possibly being able to work this job from here, and she informed me that was not an option.
So because I'm originally from Austin, I told her that I would be OK relocating to Austin, just to continue the interview process and see how things shake out.
Fast forward to onsite interviews back in August that went well, and recruiter informs me that I'm moving forward to hiring committee. I had not spoken to the hiring manager for the role yet, so I asked the recruiter to speak with him before she submitted my profile to HC. Once I got on an informal call with him, we talked about the role, his vision for the team, and just got to know each other a little more. It was at this point that I positioned to him about me working in Seattle, and my preference to work from the office here. He agreed, and subsequently informed the recruiter to allow the role to be worked from Seattle.
I believe this is a very isolated incidence, primarily because my type of role can be worked from any location, and I have significant experience working isolated from the hub of the team. But it is possible. It probably just depends on the hiring manager and their comfort allowing such a scenario.