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Leaving Google!

30 May 2008 13 Comments

Hey Guys..

I dont know where to begin.. how to begin.. But the fact is.. “The Day” has arrived.. Well today is my last working day at Google..
Will people ever leave Google also????? I really cant believe that such a day is happening in my life.. :-)

In my final year B Tech, I had an interview for the “Outstanding Student of the Batch”.. I was asked “what are your career plans?” Ofcourse, I had never heard of that word “Career” :-) then.. I told them.. “I am going to join Google.. Work for a year.. Do an MS, and join Google again!!!” I was soo short sighted then! :-) I certainly couldnt foresee.. I would be leaving Google!

Time flies.. Its 2 years since I joined Google!.. Right out of campus.. And it has been an eventful journey!! Right from the time.. I started off working with Rohit… All the way to my last project with Tushar & Pranav.. Work & life with Google has been a pendulum for me.. The pendulum has swung.. Trust me.. the pendulum was wild.. I had “extremely happy moments”.. I thought Google is my life.. I wont need a second job.. I was super happy with my work.. my performance.. And more importantly, the way my manager evaluated my performace :-) Wow.. Those were the days!!! Then.. pendulum swung the other way.. It swung soo badly that I almost had a depression.. (No more details here.. :-) ) And finally by the time, I completed my 2 years @ Google.. It came back to Normal!!! On the whole, I had an “6/10″ experience @ Google!

During my two years @ Google.. I interacted with a lot of people.. I worked with guys like Amit Singhal and Krishna Bharath.. These are people who have wiki pages.. (I would also eventually have one.. But thats a different story!! ;-) ) I am sure.. I wouldnt have such opportunities in other companies..

If there is one amazing person, I met in the whole journey.. It is undoubtedly.. Sreeram Ramachandran.. He is just too good.. I will certainly emulate the way he keeps himself updated, the way he helps others… He is so accessible and helpful.. Unbelievable..

I made a lot of new friends.. news-quality team was more a like a family.. How can I forget the “flames with Mahesh!” :-)
I also enjoyed my real *journeys* in cabs.. I would have probably spent close to two months discussing how to solve bangalore traffic woes.. with Narendra Babu.. And everyday.. Narendra used to shoot down my ideas! :-) Travelling with Varun was fun as well.. Watching all the latest movies.. discussing about the “NEXT BIG THING” for CWS.. It was all fun.. Aditya is another cool guy whom I met after I started CWS.. He is always full of bubbly ideas.. which is very useful for coffee time discussions.. How can I forget my TT sessions with Gerard!! That used to be soo awesome.. We always start off with an agreement that we will “Only play best of 3″ matches… But we would eventually end up playing 15 games.. Half of those.. I would have forfeited when the scores read 8-2 or 9-1.. Ofcourse.. Gerard leading! :-) I am like Mohamed Ghazni you see.. who invaded India in his 18th attempt.. Whenever we stretch our number of matches from 15 to 18 .. I would eventually win the 18th game of the day! :-)

Man… What I will miss the most.. is not the work.. not the facilities.. not the free food given.. or pampering comforts like spa.. or the gym, which I probably visited twice.. :-) But the great time, I had with Balaji, Sadeesh, Krishna Roy and Selvam.. That was one awesome group.. Calling ourselves as Tamil Sangham.. although nobody ever recognized this small clique of friends.. :-) Electing ‘Super’ sadeesh as our group leader.. Definitely.. our group never respected him.. This group was just about vetti (useless) talks.. Amazing Mokkais (dont know the english equivalent) and constant coffee breaks… While Sadeesh takes half an hour to drink a glass of coffee.. ‘IAS Sir’ Selvam keeps cribbing that he has sooo much work to do… Time flies when ‘Kalakkara’ Krishna and ‘Blogger’ Balaji crack PJs after PJs about yours truly’s blog.. :-) Hey Guys.. I had a great time with you!! Do keep in touch.. Ofcourse, how can I miss Tushar in this list.. One really really smart guy I have come across.. 2 years @ Google with him was an extension of my 4 years fun @ NIT Trichy.. Tushar always used to say this for fun.. “How sad that we are in the same company!” “How sad that we are working in the same project” “How sad that I have to see the same face for 6 years..” :-) Well Tushar, the moment has finally arrived.. when we *actually* are doing something different.. :-) All the best for your Phd.. if at all you decide to go for it!! :-) Life will move on! No doubt I will make new friends, but the time I had with you guys is very special to me and I shall remember it for a long time..

People are asking me.. “How do you feel LEAVING Goooggggllllleeeee?” I would say I have mixed feelings.. Sometimes, I am happy that it is over.. Other time, I feel really really sad about leaving Google.. Google was (and is) a such big thing for me.. At times, you have take tough decisions..

Google taught me that I should do what I love.. and not just what I am capable of… Passion and attitude more important for success..

If getting into Google is all that I accomplished, I would be disappointed..

And at the bottom of my heart, I know have taken a right decision.. to pursue something.. which I am passionate about.. I am going to IIM Bangalore to pursue an MBA..

Googlers, its time to bid adieu to you guys!! You guys are amazing.. I am honoured that I was a part of part of the Google family!


Also check out Learnings from my experience @ Google.

13 Comments »

  • K. Sriram said:

    Dear Sundar,

    It was nice to read your jottings when you were associated Google, and the feelings you expressed for leaving Google which is one of the leading players in the software industry. As you have said “passion and attitude is more important for person to go up the ladder” I am sure you are blessed abundantly with these two qualities. May be because you have these qualities you had the guts to leave google and pursue your dream of doing the management course in IIM B. Wish you all the best
    K. Sriram & (Kappu chitti Hyderabad)

  • Sundar Rajan G S (author) said:

    Hi Sriram Chitappa,

    Thank you very much.. :-) I am very glad that you are visiting my blog.. :-)

    Regards
    Ambi

  • Pradnya said:

    Hey Sundar,
    Wish you the very best. I am sure you will have a great time at IIM. Have fun!
    -Pradnya

  • balaji said:

    The first rule of Tamil Sangam is “You do not talk about the sangam”.
    The second rule is “You do not talk about the sangam”.

    You have violated both the above rules. You are expelled. (CWS readers, the sangam has started recruiting! only one position available. apply soon!)

    PS:
    Thanks for reducing the average weight of the Tamil Sangam now…

  • anon said:

    I read ur blogs religiously and i really lyk ur expressions. best of luck 4 ur future hope u hv a wndrful future ahead

  • Chethan said:

    Hey Sundar,

    Life moves on but assosciations stay. Its is a really different feeling when you start something new…..I could connect with you when I was reading the blog cause two months back I also had similar feelings. But you know what – the friends which I made both at NITT and ITC are the ones which I can’t hope to get anywhere !! Guess same would be with you.

    Getting into IIMB or Google is still not any great achievement considering your capabilities. I am sure that you will achieve much more and make many new, strong assosciations through out your MBA life.

    All the best.. but do keep in touch will your old friends, cause you derive inspiration from past and dream about the future !!

  • Satish said:

    Great blog sundar. All the best for future, funny comments @ Balaji.

  • Alagu said:

    Good luck at IIMB, sundar!

    Please keep blogging after being there too , I know it will be quite hectic, but don’t stop blogging :)

  • Sohit said:

    All the best for IIMB and all ur future endeavours.
    I’m lookin forward 2 reading about ur time @IIMB in CWS.

  • keshav ram said:

    Hey. WoW! You are leaving google. All the best with IIM B.

    The best think I liked about your blog was the Star rating widget you have (had?). It was easy and fun to use that rating system. That was cool.

  • Payal said:

    All the best!
    Stay in touch :)

  • me said:

    done

  • Aman said:

    “Google taught me that I should do what I love.. and not just what I am capable of… Passion and attitude more important for success.. ”

    Inspiring Line

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