After spending two fantastic years at Columbia Business School, it was time to hang up my cluster flair, put away my blue Peer Advisor polo, and head back to the grind...of working at Google.
Okay, so using Google and grind in the same sentence is utterly ridiculous. Google, in fact, has a well earned reputation for its amazing culture and consistently tops Fortune’s Best 100 Companies to Work For list for many good reasons, but not usually the ones that the outside world enjoys mentioning. Sure the super hip NYC office and all the awesome perks like free (good) food, organic juice bars, and massages are fantastic, but none of those alone keep me excited about going to work every morning. The real secret sauce of awesomeness at Google is the tremendous trust they place in their employees to go out and do great things.
Case in point: in my three month tenure as a Deployment Manager on the Google Enterprise team, I have:
• Helped facilitate the Google Apps “Go-Live” for the New York Times Company.
• Coordinated and helped run a strategically important developer conference that included premium 3rd-party cloud software vendors and key members of Google’s product and engineering teams.
• Developed a Google Apps deployment methodology for small and medium sized businesses and kicked off a global pilot to implement and test this program with a partner in Montreal.
• Acted as project lead for the technical integration and onboarding of three strategic Google Apps resellers on two different continents.
• Been invited to be a guest speaker for a Google-sponsored student veteran’s conference.
This might be an unusual amount of responsibility for many recently graduated MBAs working for other equally fantastic organizations, but it's par for the course at Google, as I’m sure many of my CBS Googler classmates will attest to. Simply put, Google recruits MBAs from Columbia and other top business schools because they know they can trust us to go out and do great things. Although I didn’t realize it at the time, I left CBS aptly prepared for the exciting day-to-day challenges I currently face. There wasn’t one magic course I took as a MBA student that made it all “click together” but rather it was the collective learning in and out of the classroom while at CBS that gave me the skills I needed to be successful.
I’m extremely excited (ecstatic is probably a more accurate adjective) to see what the future has in store for me at Google, and I know none of it would have been possible without Columbia. If this was just the first three months, I can’t even imagine what cool opportunities the next three months will usher in.