Google opened an Austin office in 2007, and poached one of our people from Lombardi. After Lombardi laid me off, I answered a job listing for them on some website or another, and got this automated response:
Hi <my full formal name that nobody uses>
We just received your resume and would like to thank you for your interest
in working at Google. This email confirms that your application has been
submitted for the following positions:
Software Engineer – Austin
Our staffing team will carefully assess your qualifications for the role(s)
you selected and others that may be a fit. Should there be a suitable
match, we will be sure to get in touch with you.
If you’d like to get immediately involved and help form Google’s new
products and features, we encourage you to visit Google Labs. This site
showcases a few of our favorite ideas that are not quite ready for prime
time! We invite you to play with the prototypes and send your suggestions
directly to the Googlers who developed them.
Have fun and thanks again for applying to Google!
To check out Google Labs, go to http://labs.google.com/
And, a few weeks later, much to my surprise, I actually got a response:
Hi <my full formal name that nobody uses>,
We received your resume for the Software Engineer – Austin position and would like to thank you for your interest in Google. We carefully reviewed your background and experience, and though we do not have a position that is a strong match with your qualifications at this time, we will be keeping your resume active in our system. We will continue to use our database to match your profile with new opportunities and will reach out to you if we find an opening for which you may be qualified.
Thanks again for your interest in Google’s careers and unique culture; we hope you will remain enthusiastic about our company. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at <recruiteremail>@google.com.
<Google recruiter name>
Google People Operations
Hey, at least they responded. I spent most of the time after Lombardi applying for stuff and not hearing back.
Google shut down the Austin office a little bit later, and my colleague from Lombardi had to relocate. They did eventually come back, but 2008 was a rough time, so…