Monday, 22 September 2014

Six Weeks in San Francisco / Mountain View

23 Aug 2014
Two weeks have flown by for me as a #gps and it's has been nothing short of amazing during my time here in MTV! EVERYONE on the Marketing Recruitment team is super welcoming and makes me feel like I'm part of the team forever already. I honestly felt like I'm a Noogler all over again and am constantly being wowed. 

Highlights from very Sunny MTV
- Set up 1:1 with the team and was delighted to know each of them on a more personal note.
- My host manager Gemma is awesome! She wanted to make sure I am able to meet as many people as possible, experience a new working environment, and work on interesting projects and at the same time, have a fun time here.  
- Consolidated data on pain points/challenges and corresponding best practices from for a Talent Obsession project. This project will focus on four major areas around Sourcing and Talent Mapping, Candidate sharing, Candidate Engagement, Tracking of target companies, key players, trends. 
- Attended Channels Experience Roadshow to learn more about tips and tricks on providing that magical candidate and Googler experience. 
- Met a teammate in MTV and she introduced me to the MTV Programs team. It's great to meet team members F2F always.  
- First Offer Accept for a GBO packet I worked on before I came over!

- Gemma invited me to watch Star Trek in the Google field/park during movie night. It was a windy chilly night but the fresh kettle corn, pizza, corn dog makes it worth it. 
- I got my Google cardboard! The distribution queue went from CL3 to CL5 in Critt!  
- I finally watched TGIF in the same timezone as MTV and am able to hear the live questions. Woohoo~
- I went to the infamous building 50 (SportsPage) near campus.

Thank you to everyone for letting me come on this eye-opening adventure!

30 Aug 2014
It has been another amazing week as a #gps!

- MAJOR HIGHLIGHT! Attended Q3 People Ops All Hands in person at Charlie's Cafe and watching all the charismatic speakers up on stage is refreshing! During APAC All Hands back home, all the speakers would be presenting from a conference a room and the atmosphere is definitely different.
- Synced with Jeff on lending sourcing assistance to his Enterprise Cloud Marketing role. First time working on roles in Enterprise space @ Google - you learn something new everyday. Yay~ 
- Worked on first deck draft for Talent Obsession Project (am really excited about presenting this to the team!). This is something I'd like to bring back to APAC for use as well.
- Attended a Staffing Comp Training and was happy to relearn things about Google's compensation philosophy and programs; resources and guidelines for creating comp and transfer offers; best practices for working with Comp; and handling candidate objections. 
​- Attended a demo for a vendor Referral Tool with Iva.  Interesting concept and may be worth pursuing. 
- It's important to incorporate well-being activities during work hours. Ice cream makes me happy and ice cream sandwich mid-day makes me super happy!​

- Finally had the honors of meeting the giant Android outside building 44!
- Rode on my first gRide from Kitchen Sync to CL5. Thanks, Gemma, Jill and Cara for the encouragement and patience! :)
- Watched a live Giant's game at the gorgeous AT&T stadium with Edwin. I love the atmosphere of live games~
- Always great to see familiar faces and names again Rey, Naoki, Max, Alex, Jim, Seth, Charlie, Bethany, Christy, Hilary, Carolyn, Oscar Li, Tim, Karthik, Jacquie, Kathleen, Ka 

Not sure how I would classify the following but I survived an earthquake that happened 3.20AM on Sunday morning! ;) 

As much as I am enjoying this enriching trip to MTV, I'm also missing everyone back in APAC!

20 Sept 2014
I have been delaying clicking "Share" on this post because it'll make the end of my rotation a reality. It's a bittersweet goodbye - I am sad to leave this amazing team behind but I'm also super excited to go back into my recent new Programs Staffing role. There is so much I want to and can achieve in my new role!

And I present this week's highlight:
- Completed self assessment for perf. Thanks in advance to my peer reviewers for spending time on giving me feedback. :)
- Presented preview of Talent Obsession project at One Americas GBO Staffing. Thanks, Ian, for giving me the opportunity!
- Delivered another session of Talent Obsession training and made a recording of it for future use
- Shared deck and/or video with two other teams to potentially incorporate into their trainings for Nooglers
- Attended TGIF live! I was in the third row and less than 10 feet from Larry and Sergey and felt very star-struck!
- Recorded a video with Lisa and Simone to highlight my rotation experience so they can use it as a marketing tool for the upcoming Q1 application cycle

- Made (with love) potted plants for everyone who made my MTV experience a beyond magical one
- Turned up for Le Diner en Blanc at the Embarcadero in a white faux fur coat (very proud that I can still be the fashionista while travelling)  
- Received a very warm AND stylish SF hoodie gift from Jennifer
- Ate a delicious homecooked meal made by Gemma and her husband, Nick
- Threw a farewell pool party for myself and felt very loved by everyone who showed up  

Reflecting on these past six weeks, I have pushed myself professionally and personally to new frontiers, and I cannot ask for a more welcoming team and an enriching time! Thank you everyone who made this happen.

Carpe diem! :)

To summarise my #gps experience, here is a Q&A which I did with Lisa and Simone this morning.
Q. Your name, your original role and location, how long you’ve been at Google, and your rotation role and location
A. Hi, I'm Wynnii from the Singapore office. I'm now in MTV on my rotation with the Marketing Recruitment team. I have been Google for 3½ years and spent most of that time with the G&A recruiting team before my recent transfer to the Programs Staffing team.

Q. What surprised you the most about your experience?
A. I am almost sure everyone is going to say the same time - what surprised me the most is how time flies! I cannot believe it’s my last week of my rotation and there is still so much I want to learn from the team.

Q. Considering you already had Staffing experience coming into your rotation, were there any challenges?
A. I have been working on staffing-related projects and not end-to-end recruitment, so it’s something different from what my daily job is like back in APAC. I was working on a training deck and it took so much effort to perfect the message and format. My host manager, Gemma, gave plenty of advice on making the deck succinct and effective. Now, I found new found respect for all the teams and people who are creating decks, be it for training, TGIF, all-hands, or other purposes. 

Q. How about coming from APAC to MTV?
A. It's my first time to MTV and for the first week I was here, I felt like a Noogler all over again. I had no idea where the meeting rooms, buildings, teams and cafes are, and the size of campus was daunting. I had to rely heavily on gRide to get everywhere. Also, my phone breaking down the first week I arrived didn’t help because I couldn’t contact anyone when I’m not on campus or use GPS to navigate my way. Having said that, once I got my orientation, it was great fun to discover different pockets of campus.

Q. What is one valuable takeaway from your experience?
A. The rotation is a valuable opportunity for me to work with a new team in a different location. It opened the doors for me to experience new processes, team dynamics, working environment, office culture, and most importantly, a chance to meet more incredible Googlers.

Q. What advice would you give to someone who is interested in applying?
A. I’d give 2 pieces of advice. 
#1 is to make sure you speak to your host manager a few times before the rotation to get to know each other. Also, do make an effort to understand the project scope and do preparation work prior to arriving. This is because 6 weeks is not a very long time and you want to make sure you can dive straight into the projects or your assigned work very quickly. 

#2 would be if you don’t know anyone in your host office, either ask for introductions from others, or be brave and reach to the random people in your host office before you arrive. I found it helpful that I have met a bunch of Googlers who had visited Singapore office previously and they introduced me to more people in MTV. That really helped me to find my way around here.


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