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Googler Spotlight: Monique Vaz Vieira

Even though we hire hundreds of new employees each month, there are still quite a few Googlers who have built up a long tenure. Software Engineer Monique Vaz Viera spoke to us about her seven year Google career.

What brought you to Google initially?

I had just graduated and started working at a search engine company called Akwan. In 2005, exactly on my birthday, everybody in the company was interviewed by some guys from a company that wanted to do business with us, which we later found out was Google. After a few months Akwan was officially acquired and all engineers joined Google.

What has kept you here at Google for so long?

I think it's great to work at a place where you are always being challenged, so It's very hard to get bored working here. We have a really great infrastructure available to get our job done and lots of amazing people contributing with new ideas and motivating us to develop new solutions and products. Finally, another great thing for me is that Google gives us the opportunity to develop your career while maintaining a good work-life balance.

What makes Google's Belo Horizonte office special?

In Belo Horizonte we work very closely with international offices and we are recognized for our contribution to the company. We work on the products that are the pillars of the company today and have the freedom to innovate and have a great impact on Google as a whole. One other thing I personally like is that even though we are growing quickly we still have a small-office feel, where everybody knows each other and you see lots of friendships developing. I think this is especially good for new people because it helps them feel a part of the company, so I really hope we maintain that feel.

What's your favorite Google memory?

I was in the last month of my pregnancy and had given up organizing a baby shower because I was so caught up with the last arrangements to prepare for the baby. One Friday afternoon I got a strange call from my husband saying that he was leaving work early and asking me if he could join me in TGIF, which is an event we have with snacks and drinks that family and friends can occasionally join. Right after that I got an email asking me to come downstairs for a special TGIF. When I got there I was really happy to see that my colleagues had organized a surprise baby shower for me. That was the best!
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Here's the recording from last week's Hangout On Air from our Belo Horizonte office. You can learn more about the Belo Horizonte office in our "Better Know an Office" blog series: http://goo.gl/0ZpVR. You can also take a look at the software engineer role for new grads, based in Belo Horizonte, here: http://goo.gl/l2Ar3

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Google Students hung out with 4 people.Frederico Quintão, Rafael Dantas de Castro, Lara Coelho, and Brian C. Zaki

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How do you think Google+ will fare when it comes to attracting new users, compared to other social networks?

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