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From Wikipedia the free encyclopedia, by MultiMedia

The Googleplex is the Google company headquarters, located in Mountain View, Santa Clara County, California, near San Francisco. The word Googleplex is a play on the word googolplex, and a portmanteau of Google and complex—googolplex being the name given to 10googol, or one followed by a googol zeros, and the headquarters comprising a complex of buildings. The building is unlike many modern company headquarters; contained within the sprawling complex are shade lamps, giant rubber balls, and other unusual niceties reminiscent of the dot-com boom. The complex is located in Mountain View, California, a stone's throw from the Shoreline Park wetlands. While not all Google offices around the globe are equally well-stocked, these are some of the essential elements that define a Google workspace:

  • Lobby Décor - Piano, lava lamps, and live projection of current search queries from around the world.

  • Hallway Décor - Bicycles and large rubber exercise balls on the floors, press clippings from around the world posted on bulletin boards everywhere. Many employees (called Googlers) standing around discussing IP addressing issues or how to build a better spam filter.

  • Googler Offices - Googlers work in high density clusters with three or four staffers sharing spaces with couches and dogs. This improves information flow and saves on heating bills.

  • Equipment - Most Googlers have high powered Windows XP workstations on their desktops. In Google's earliest days, desks were wooden doors mounted on two sawhorses. Some of these are still in use within the engineering group.

  • Recreation Facilities - Workout room with weights and rowing machine, locker rooms, washers and dryers, massage room, assorted video games, Foosball, baby grand piano, pool table, ping pong, roller hockey twice a week in the parking lot.

  • Google Café - Healthy lunches and dinners for all staff. Stations include "Charlie’s Grill", "Back to Albuquerque", "East Meets West" and "Vegheads". Outdoor seating for sunshine daydreaming.

  • Snack Rooms - Bins packed with various cereals, gummi bears, M&Ms, toffee, liquorice, cashew nuts, yogurt, carrots, fresh fruit and other snacks. Dozens of different drinks including fresh juice, soda and make-your-own cappuccino.

  • A three-dimensional rotating image of the world on permanent display on a large flat panel monitor in the office of the engineer who created it. What makes it special is the toggle switch that allows you to view points of light representing real time searches rising from the surface of the globe toward space, color coded by language. Toggle and you can see traffic patterns for the entire Internet.

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