Video: Google Canada’s head office has everything you’d imagine, plus an Android Rubik’s Cube wall

Ian Hardy

November 13, 2012 1:36pm

Today we were given a tour of Google Canada’s new head office in Toronto. It’s just like you’d imagine it to be – absolutely fun and driven with innovation and creativity. On a quick side note it was announced that Google Canada and Communitech will be opening a new digital collaboration space in Waterloo where entrepreneurs can get mentoring, plus technical assistance from Googlers, that will help them succeed. Pretty cool initiative for upstart businesses.

Google in Canada is not new, they’ve been here since 2002. However, over the years they’ve grown to employ 400 “Googlers” with offices in Kitchener/Waterloo, Montreal, Ottawa, and the headquarters in Toronto. The office itself takes up over 89,000 square feet and they’ve maximized every inch with pure enjoyment.

Taking the tour I saw a number of employees, mostly ad sales, working away – some standing, some lounging and a few actually sitting at their desks. The space is impeccably designed and takes up 5 floors. You’ll see in the pics and videos below that Googlers work off the idea of “play” and can go wherever they please to get the job done. Could be the Games Room, Fireplace Lounge, Secret Room, Library, Music Room… or even take some steam off playing mini golf, grabing a workout, or getting a massage. It’s honestly a crazy – but inspiring – place to work. There’s a main cafeteria full of food, but just in case you need a snack they have a “micro kitchen” that’s always within 150 feet of your workspace.

To keep the Canadian vibe, Google sourced our Canadian talent and incorporated it into the design. There’s a Android robot made of 650 Rubik’s Cubes by a local Toronto artist. The conference rooms are all named after Canadian bands, celebs or historic attractions. In addition, floors are made of reclaimed tires, fishing wire or cork. Check them all out below.

  • artstate

    Some WD-40 goes a long way.

  • COB

    Wow, that’d be an awesome place to work, I know where I am going to apply when I am done school haha.

  • wewewi

    If they dont sell Nexus 4 I dont wanna hear about it.

    • Hairy

      Friggin’ right. Poor choice of timing to post this after so many people were dissappointed this morning.

  • Wait for it…

    How many people read this post then went immediately to their careers section to look for openings?

  • David

    Is there a ‘Matt Good’ conference room?!?

  • daryl

    This is right next door to my office

  • TrickyD

    This should be the norm, not the exception.
    Happy workers are productive workers.

  • RM

    Mostly ad sales. How inspiring and innovative.

    • JaneD

      Yeah, these are the people that try to sell me placing adds for my app that they already get a 30% cut out of. 33% if you count what they make on the interbank rate…

  • Dave

    Hope that wall of Canadian album covers is inspiring the Canooglers to work hard on bringing us Google Music.

  • mark paisley

    did anyone manage to buy a 16 gig n4?

    • COB

      I got one without knowing it until I got a confirmation email

  • skazzers

    Good place to work. Bad place to find a Nexus 4.

  • Nima

    Looks like there are a lot of distractions. Explains the horrible Google play experience; why make a good website when you can play ping pong instead.

  • Scott

    They better have a Rush album cover on the wall somewhere! 🙂

  • Tyler Durden

    I’m friends with one of the guys who built the Rubik’s Cube piece. Cool stuff.

    • JaneD

      Wonder how much it cost just for the raw materials to built this???

  • Is this WP8

    Sales falling, Sinofsky fired, Nokia releases its secret-sauce mapping IP to every platform…

    Nothing to report, just another dozen Microsoft press releases to promote today

  • Brad F(anboy)

    I wonder if employees are allowed to use the web.

    • Carlo

      You sound butthurt Brad. It’s okay though maybe one hundred years from now Apple will catch up to what Google is doing today. :-p

  • Rory

    Does it have Google Voice or Google Wallet or Google Music?

  • Krizzy

    Who’s the chick on the stump? She is hot!

  • Jeff

    the title says “google Canada’s head office has everything you’d imagine”

    it doesn’t have a nexus 4, because no one is able to get them


  • Gram

    This office is not the head office of Google Canada. It’s a Sales office. Just because a building is in Toronto it doesn’t mean that it’s the ‘head office’.

    • L.V.

      you must be from Montreal or Waterloo or Ottawa. LOL

  • coop3422

    Open a Calgary office so I can apply 🙂

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