Search Engineering at Google

I’m always a fan of Googlers doing more communication and more videos, so when some fellow search quality folks made a video about working at Google, I said I’d be happy to post it:

You can find out more info and apply to be a search engineer at Google if you’re interested.

66 Responses to Search Engineering at Google (Leave a comment)

  1. When we’ll see a video that has only a downsides of working at Google? Only thing missing from this video was fairy dust and glitter. πŸ™‚

  2. Looks and sounds as if working at Google search is a lot more fun than it is trying to figure it out on this side.

  3. Oskari, I work with these folks daily, and I can tell you–it is pretty addictive to know that you can make a change that improves search for billions of users. πŸ™‚

  4. Darren

    Othar Hansson kind’a looks like an older version of you Matt. πŸ™‚

  5. vk

    Matt, wanna give my summer intern application at Google Dublin an extra push? *hehe*


  6. It is truly amazing to find companies that inspire their employees in such a way that they want to put together a video showing their excitement and loyalty. Those of us who have found positions at these firms are really, really lucky.

    Oh, and Darren is right. Othar Hansson does look a bit like you (with hair, of course).

  7. Ibrahim Salem

    Uggh!!, I’m so joules (Touch wood or anything) at what you are doing Matt’s. Really Great job, helping the community with your knowledge, which does not exist in our time.

    Anyway thank you very much, and I am so glad to comment on one of Google’s giant workers…

    (Thats not a spam)!! Haha

  8. “I said I’d be happy to post it” and i say i’m happy to watch it!

  9. mark

    Hi Matt,

    What about Google and other company made agreements to keep low the Software Employees salary?

    Do you think that’s fair?? Do you think the don’t be evil is still true for google?

    For what I am hearing I don’t think it anymore.

  10. I just want to know why these guys had to write all over the camera lens like that. That’s a great way to wreck a perfectly good camera.

    Good thing they used the dry-erase markers.

  11. No problem, I just did a search for dry-erase markers and turned up 638K results and I bet these guys knew that going in. Great job on the algorithms guys. Disclaimer no cameras were harmed during the making of this video.

  12. i’m happy to watch it!
    “Coz there’s a lot of really exciting opportunities with in search engine it self” – Corey Anderson
    yes it’s undeniable!

  13. Oh, okay then. As long as no innocent cameras were harmed, then everything’s cool.

  14. I feel like I’m missing out because I don’t have a multi-coloured bike in my office! =(

  15. I search one same word on Google every day, but every day you can see different information, some time some new information appear, but several days, or one week, this new information will disappear, other new information appear, i think every day search engineer make update, i also think it is pretty addictive work, when you see the search result improved because your rule, you will be very happy.

  16. Cool – I fell in love and got addicted to Google in about 2000/2001 when I was living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I even bought a Google Mini when they first came out.

    I love helping people with anything Google (that I REALLY know about) and am determined that I will be involved with Google Places in the South West of England some day in the future – I have a nice new DSLR camera and am most keen to have a lively video of me “doing Google Places” around these parts one day


  17. Google office culture and working environment is going to change working in other business establishments, if there success rate will just keep on breaking new records at the present pace. Until than happy Googling!

    One more thing that I have got in my mind, can non engineer background people also join the given vacancy since I’m very much interested in it. πŸ˜‰

  18. any resemblance between me and Matt is purely coincidental. I’m glad you all enjoyed the video!

  19. Brian Turner

    “I work with these folks daily, and I can tell you–it is pretty addictive to know that you can make a change that improves search for billions of users. ”

    If only the Google Adsense team were so motivated. They seem completely unable to police their own service and enforce removal of spam. I’m getting sick of reporting Spamsense blogs which are just republishing feeds, or even copying whole content, plastered with Adsense – to little if any response from the Google Adsense team.

  20. live4life

    Looks like a great bunch of guys and a nice place to work, but I agree with Adam about writing on the glass/lens. I thought you guys would have one of those computers like on Minority Report πŸ™‚

  21. nice and very human video

    it is really nice to see that in such a huge companies we can see more or less ordinary people with different approaches, looks and age.

    thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

  22. You should give your engineers a lesson about how to make their personal websites crawlable by the search engines :

    Otherwise the video was great ^^

  23. I saw the history about google at Nat Geo, it is amazing how two folks can make a billion dollar company from nothing, I respect google, I respect the company and I love the way they treat their employees, I would categorize Google as the Best Company to work with.
    Just wanted to give my opinion haha :p

  24. I always tell my people that the majority of your waking life is spent at work – so love the one you are with (your job) or find a new one that you do love (harder these days I know). it seems like you really love what you do – and as far as making an impact to the millions of searchers – it is great to know that you affect one person let alone millions!

  25. Math is power πŸ™‚

  26. ray

    If the algorithm is being so expertly and wonderfully adjusted, then why, when I search using the term, “kitchen canisters” is the number 1 result an page featuring kitchen trash receptacles. It’s ridiculous.

  27. Hi Matt,

    I just love Google videos, they are never boring and the Google employees are so happy all the time it’s great. I give the Google search engine 9/10 because nothing can be perfect.

  28. ghanshyam

    hey matt
    Thanks for sharing, i am not Software Engineering but i wish for SEO vacancy in Google πŸ™‚ so at least our dream comes true LOL…

  29. Really cool video. Google inspires me in so many ways!

  30. I many other, I love Google videos and the host of features that they are offering, most of them FREE to millions of people worldwide. Maybe, there should be more information on the basic educational and technical qualifications required to become a Google Search Engineer. That will help many people to focus on and get their careers going.

  31. I find Google videos so cool…I really cant be bothered reading all the enough of that. Sonetimes it is nice to sit back with a coffee and just listen! Dont fancy being a Google engineer however. Good video all the same.

  32. BillyS

    Is everyone at Google a “lefty?”

  33. Amy

    really inspiring video. This give me some ideas and anyway really nice to watch

  34. Inspirational stuff!

    I do like the idea of giving employees 20% of their time to work on ‘own’ projects but this sort of freedom is synonymous with tech these days. It makes absolute sense to utilise the collective brainpower of folks at Google and other leading tech co’s by empowering them to innovate. I am sure there are plenty of stories of developments born from this very notion.

    PS: I want one of those Google bikes!!

  35. It amazes me how google delivers search result so fast. They must have indexed gazillions of pages. The database must be so vast. From that vast database of information, google can deliver relevant search results on whatever you are searching for in lightning speed. And, it does not matter in what part of the world you are. I’m not sure how they does it.

  36. Nice video! Love google’s style and colors.

  37. Anthony Trollope

    Inspirational stuff!

    I do like the idea of giving employees 20% of their time to work on β€˜own’ projects but this sort of freedom is synonymous with tech these days. It makes absolute sense to utilise the collective brainpower of folks at Google and other leading tech co’s by empowering them to innovate. I am sure there are plenty of stories of developments born from this very notion.

    PS: I want one of those Google bikes!!

  38. Tom

    Is it just me or does everyone at Google have an Abnormally Large Noggin? Yes I understand its to hold their supersized freaky brain….but come on!

  39. Its great to see so many people that are so motivated and passionate about what they do.

  40. Now that’s a change after watching your Google videos. πŸ˜› Making your way to a holiday Matt ? πŸ˜›

  41. Why does everybody who work for Google look identical? And where are the hot women? πŸ˜‰

  42. Wow… now that was cool, just gets me more motivational to join in Google!!

  43. Does the addition of video content really enhance your google performance significantly? I’d be delighted to hear from anyone who had instant result as a result and whether the content of the video also has an outcome on the seo ranking.

  44. Wow

    Great video giving an insight into Google – looks like a great place to work. I am still blown away by the power of Google on a daily basis.

    Cheers Matt for sharing.

  45. Google’s search team! I wish I can learn more about SEO from them!

  46. Google already had the principles of faster, better. I personally agree with what google is applied in assessing the performance of a website.

  47. Can I work at Google too? I can do basic math. for instance, 1+1=3.

    Jokes aside, I love Google. I’d say I’m a fanboy.

  48. Google videos are always so great! Loads of fun, thanks!

  49. I think I really like the 20% time the guy in the video brought up – that sounds like a pretty sweet work environment to me. No wonder things are always moving forward and being invented!

  50. izza kusuma

    Hi friends,
    Thanks for the advice, I’ll put in practice.
    I want to ask something that is about how to get a backlink from google? and accelerating pagerank for google?. I hope, I’ll get the information from you and send this information via email.

  51. Lefty’s are smarter and more apt to think outside the box….and probably better looking too! Did you know that the majority of US presidents were lefty’s? Don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing, lol!

    Anyway, i’m proud to be a part of this smart and good-looking group!

  52. Hi Matt,

    Thanks for sharing. I’d love to join with Googlers. SEO… Awesome πŸ™‚ No matter it’s helping people… But I have no idea whether am eligible or not… You know, bit confused…


  53. Very cool.. The presenters thousand yard stair on the video could be improved though πŸ™‚

  54. Who wouldn’t want to work at Google? They own the Internet (not literally of course)!
    Anyway, big thanks to Google. Because of them, I have my Job as an SEO Specialist.

  55. After watching the video the item that was interesting was the Engineers were all left handed. No sure if the theory that lefty’s are smarter than righty’s but seems to be a major prerequisite to a Engineering Job.

  56. Yes, Matt. Great colour arangement:-) Agree with Oksari! Thank you for sharing

  57. Since Google is founded by mathematicians is the equivalent of having to dump NASA engineers on the Internet to improve human interactions. This is the true value of the company Google over other students that are based on nerds who only have a social boom. The value of Google is in its intellectual capital.

  58. Hey Matt,
    this video is even for a non googler very inspirational and interesting. Thank you for that.

    I have another question: What do you do at google the make the employees more creative?

    Best regards,

  59. Hi Matt, I was wondering when Google will create a Google Gate… we buy a Google Gate for a lifetime and connect it to the computer and it gives free internet. So no more need to use internet providers, just start at and way you go.

  60. Looks great to work at Google!! Now knowing that there’s such a cool atmosphere for employees who are so dynamic, I’m sure that Google will get better & better. Thanks guys for the great work you are doing πŸ˜‰

  61. You are the only one out in google who give tips thanks

  62. Hi Matt, thank you for all of the great content you are putting on the web. I have reviewed most of your videos I could find on the web re: SEO and Google’s algorithm.
    I know you’ve asked not to post any site specific questions here, but I wanted to get some points from you personally. Below is a link to the site of the company I work for:
    Could you please take a quick look at let me know what you think of the site? I understand that you have crazy amounts of enquiries coming in, but I would be so thankful if you could do this for me, even some basic tips! πŸ™‚
    Thank you so much!

  63. Jadee

    Hi, I’m not sure if this is the best place to request this, but I would really like to see Matt talk about “Google Places”. For months we have been trying to help a client who is listed with Google places. In the city of Charleston where there are probably 30-50 companies listed as ‘places’ for the same service, there is one company that continues to be listed in the places section (despite the fact that other companies have 100% filled profiles, also with good reviews and are in the same categories). We have called the places folks multiple times trying to understand why no other companies are listed for this service except this one company. This other company continues to dominate the first page ‘places’ listing completely, always listed by itself and has no link to ‘more places’. After several conversations with the Google places folks they admitted they were stumped too and it must be an algorithm thing. Considering Google’s power to help or hurt small businesses, I would really love to hear some feedback on how “Google places” makes these decisions so that more than just one business benefits from what I am sure Google wants to be a place for customers to find many referrals to local businesses. Thanks Matt.

  64. Great video. Thanks for sharing. Found it very inspiring to watch what ‘Google people’ are like!

  65. “Welcome to the Center of the Universe”- Google, You Rock! Cool video, Matt. Thanks for sharing.

  66. Great video…all the videos you guys put out are tops.