Steve Yegge, an engineer at the Google Kirkland office, recently posted to the Google blog about the Kirkland office’s third birthday. He also announced the opening of an engineering office in Fremont.
Both locations are in the Seattle area — Fremont is just north of downtown and Kirkland is across the floating bridge on the east side (near another company you may have heard of called Microsoft). Yahoo also recently announced the opening of a new engineering office in the Seattle area. Theirs will be in Bellevue, which is also on the east side, near that little-known Redmond company. Both Yahoo and Google have downplayed Microsoft’s potentially recruiting potential (and Yahoo, being the third one in, is downplaying the possibility of recruiting from Google).
Yahoo Senior VP David Sobeski (previously at Microsoft) said to the Seattle PI, “We’re here to build a good presence of engineers. You know what, if Microsoft guys want to come and ask us questions, great. Google guys? Great. We’ll talk to everybody.” Earlier, Alan Eustace, Google’s senior vice president of engineering, told the PI that Google didn’t set up an office there in order to attract employees from Microsoft. (Although that office certainly has its share of ex-Microsofties.)
Steve’s blog post points out the many Google products to come out of the Kirkland office, and I can’t help but add that Sitemaps grew well beyond its roots into Webmaster Central thanks to the efforts of the Kirkland-based team.
Vanessa Fox ate lots of yummy cake as a Googler during the first and second birthdays of the Kirkland office and wishes them a very happy third.