Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/02/15/googleplex_pics/

Life at Googleplex REVEALED in hot pics

Or slightly hinted at anyway

By Brid-Aine Parnell

Posted in Developer, 15th February 2012 14:04 GMT

Ever wondered what it would be like to work in the bosom of a warm, cuddly company for which making money is incidental to saving/taking over the world? A place so magical and mysterious that it has been nicknamed The Chocolate Factory after Roald Dahl's immortal creation?

Well, wonder no more, as Mountain View has chosen to reveal the Googleplex on (where else?) Google+ through one of its many, many accounts, this one named "Life at Google".

The images, as you can see, reveal that Googleplex is, like, totally fun and hip and filled with… no wait a minute, it's actually a barren wilderness with no employees.

Google's Mountain View Headquarters

Where in this leafy wonderland are the staff?

Google's Mountain View headquarters

It's only 3.30, where are all the workers?

Google's Mountain View headquarters

Why isn't anyone playing on these multiple ginormous basketball courts?

Googlers in the basement

Why doesn't anyone at Google like playing pitch and putt? Can the rumours of camera-shy Oompa-Loompas be true?

Google's Mountain View headquarters

No, it seems more likely that the staff are not actually allowed in these lovely areas and are instead locked up in the cellar beavering away. Especially since on the pitch and putt picture, two people who actually work at Google (or at least their Google+ account says they do) have commented:

"Wait, we have a putt putt course?" and "We have a putt putt course WHERE IS THE PUTT PUTT COURSE"

Very strange.

However, scrolling through a few more images will finally get you some actual Googlers (no Oompa-Loompas, sadly).

Here they are chowing down in the cafeteria.

Google's Mountain View headquarters

And here they are "working" in a super-casual environment.

Google's Mountain View headquarters

But what's this? Can it be that they are all working on Macs? As one commenter asks, where are all the Chromebooks, eh? To which, Google responds:

Googlers use a variety of different laptop types (including Chromebooks :)) depending on the team, the work, personal preference, etc.

Yes, they're that open-minded at Mountain View, it's a lesson to all of us, isn't it?

For more life lessons and evidence that there's not really all that much going on at Googleplex (that they'll let us see anyway), pop along to Life at Google's + page. ®