Google’s Atlanta Presence Expands in Stature and Office Space – SaportaReport


By Maria Saporta

Google celebrated its love for Atlanta when it opened its new office space in Midtown on July 27.

In its new location, the tech company has clearly embraced Atlanta and Georgia — highlighting its role as a center for civil and human rights for all as well as its multicultural music and entertainment offerings. Governor Brian Kemp helped officially open the new office.

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Google’s Matthew Pritchard shows Governor Brian Kemp and Marty Kemp a display of tapes containing Google’s G. (Photo by Maria Saporta.)

Matthew Pritchard, co-site manager for Google in Atlanta, said the goal of building the space was, “Let’s design this as a love letter to Atlanta. »

Google has expanded its presence in Atlanta. It now has more than 1,000 employees working at its two Midtown locations and its Douglas County data center.

Google’s new Midtown office is at 1105 West Peachtree Street, and the company is leasing 19 floors of the building, or approximately 500,000 square feet. He also retained his offices at West Peachtree and at 10th St., just two blocks south of the new building.

Google’s Atlanta workforce is expected to continue to grow, largely due to the company’s 2020 commitment to double the number of its black employees by 2025.

“This is literally a whole new chapter, and an exciting chapter, for Google and technology in Atlanta,” said Reggie McKnight, Google’s global social impact manager based in Atlanta. “It’s exciting to see technology embracing the wealth of Atlanta. »

Two years ago, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and its parent company, Alphabet, said that Google had committed to improving the representation of underrepresented groups at senior levels by 30% by 2025,” as well than doubling the number of black Googlers in the same amount of time.

Atlanta has more black students than any other city in the country thanks to the presence of top historically black colleges and universities and its top public institutions — Georgia State University and Georgia Tech — to name just two.

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A colorful stairwell in Google’s new Midtown office building pays homage to the rainbow sidewalk several blocks away. (Photo by Maria Saporta.)

For this reason, Atlanta is well positioned to increase its share of Google’s investment and workforce. The company has committed in 2021 to invest $7 billion in offices in the United States with the aim of adding 10,000 new full-time Google employees.

“Google has a saying – we want to build for everyone,” McKnight said. “I can’t think of a city that better represents building for everyone than Atlanta with its unparalleled civil and human rights heritage. »

While touring the Atlanta offices, it was evident that the company embraced the diverse spirit of Atlanta. Its cafeteria is called the WERD Café in honor of America’s first black-owned and programmed radio station, a claim to fame from Atlanta.

“Inspired by the city’s legacy for social change, our office was designed as a tribute to the people of Atlanta, with each floor an ode to Atlanta’s cultural, musical and artistic history,” wrote the company in an email adding that it worked with more than 50 local and diverse businesses to design and build the new space and included artwork by more than 20 local artists.

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A two-story heart in the main lobby of Google’s new Midtown space shows the company’s love for Atlanta and Georgia. (Photo by Maria Saporta.)

In the main lobby on the 18th floor, a huge heart greets visitors with a large map of Georgia. A staircase features a rainbow design to show the company’s support for the LGBTQ+ community.

The company said that in 2021, Google products helped deliver $13.2 billion in economic activity to tens of thousands of businesses, nonprofits, publishers, creators, and Georgian developers.

Google also announced during the office opening that it was committing $1 million to the Urban League of Atlanta to support the nonprofit’s work in training underserved communities across the state. .

Pritchard said Google has had a presence in Atlanta since 2001, when it started with about 10 sales staff. When he moved to his 10th Street, Pritchard said former President Jimmy Carter helped open up that space.

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A view of Google’s first office space in Midtown as seen from its new office space in Midtown. (Photo by Maria Saporta.)

“The real story is that we’ve gone from having a small ad office space in Atlanta to sending global teams to Atlanta,” said McKnight, who has one of those global roles. “Google is bringing a lot of its top talent to Atlanta from all over the country. »

In addition to McKnight and Pritchard, top Google executives in Atlanta include:

  • Daniel Berlin, Vice President of Engineering and Co-Head of Google Atlanta Site
  • Monique Picou, Vice President of Global Server Operations and Technology Strategy at Google
  • Felica Coney, Google’s Vice President of Operations and Sync for the Americas, and
  • Dasheika Ruffin, Global Head of Community Engagement and Strategic Partnerships

McKnight was quick to point out that Google is intentionally non-hierarchical, so it doesn’t have a traditional organizational chart.

As much as Google embraces Atlanta, it’s also expanding into many other cities in the United States and around the world.

Headquartered in Mountain View, California, Google employs 45,000 people in the Bay Area. It has a total of 156,500 employees worldwide.

New York City is also another major Google hub with around 12,000 employees. Other major Google hubs include Chicago, which has about 1,800 Googlers. Google opened an office in Austin, Texas in 2007 and now has more than 1,500 employees in central Texas.

Google also has campuses in Montreal, Berlin, London, Madrid, Seoul, São Paulo, Tel Aviv and Warsaw.

When asked how Atlanta fits into Google’s global landscape, McKnight was optimistic about his adopted hometown.

“Google has a saying – we want to build for everyone,” McKnight said. “I can’t think of a city that better represents building for everyone than Atlanta with its unparalleled civil and human rights heritage. »

Top Google executives in Atlanta:

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Top row (left to right): Monique Picou, Reggie McKnight, Daniel Berlin
Bottom row (left to right): Felica Coney, Matthew Pritchard, Dasheika Ruffin

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A large map of Georgia highlights Google’s presence in Atlanta (Photo by Maria Saporta)

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An art installation features a collage of boomboxes on the wall of Google’s 18th-floor lobby in its new Midtown office building. (Photo by Maria Saporta.)

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Google’s new office building includes several spaces for Googlers to comfortably work or socialize. (Photo by Maria Saporta.)

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Google’s “Eat the Rainbow” space offers an assortment of colorful fruits and vegetables to promote healthy eating. (Photo by Maria Saporta.)

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One of the colorful elevator halls in Google’s new Midtown office building. (Photo by Maria Saporta.)

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Google’s new midtown office building during the day. (Photo by Maria Saporta.)

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A close-up of tapes that feature Google’s trademark “G”. (Photo by Maria Saporta.)

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