24 October 2005

Finally. I got the reply from Google - they want me to fly-in for an on-site interview. They will handle the flights, hotels, eating and other relevant issues and all I will have to care about is providing good answers to the questions that their engineers will be bombarding me thorough the day.

Unfortunately this silver lining has a little cloud in the middle - USA is out of H1b visas 'till Oct 2006, so I am asked to work at the Dublin office.

When I analysed the locations they gave me in the beginning, the Dublin office scored just below the Mountain View office. The good things were: being closer to Latvia and being inside EU (no visas, easier to travel), and the bad things were: weather and Irish terrorism.

Well ... let's see what they'll offer me in the end and maybe I will go to the Dublin office and then in a year or two transfer to the new Moffet Field facility or to the Chinese office :D

UPD: I am told that my gut feeling about IRA being a threat in Dublin is very far from reality. I must find out more about this city.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

>Irish terrorism.

Is this a joke?

24 October, 2005 22:20  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check your geography, the "troubles" are up in Northern Ireland which is separate to the Republic of Ireland. And what's this about terrorism? Most of the trouble up there at the moment is infighting amoung gangs.

You are perfectly safe coming to Dublin!

24 October, 2005 22:36  
Blogger Aigarius said...

Sorry to anyone that I insulted with that comment. It is probably just a preconception of mine. All that newscasters make IRA to be allmost an AlQuaeda wannabe.
I really did not consider Dublin seriosely, so didn't go much further then writing down my gut feelings about it.
Thank you for bringing this up - I'll have to learn more about the place.

24 October, 2005 23:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The IRA have *never* been a threat in mainland Eire; that's the point - they support republican Ireland; they don't support Northern Ireland and the British rule thereof.

If you're worried about terrorism in Dublin, you're worried about the Unionists - the LVF, etc. They see themselves as mostly defence volunteers. I seriously wouldn't worry about it.

Your main concern ought to be the horrendous expense of living in Dublin, which is a terribly dear place to live.

25 October, 2005 01:55  
Anonymous Sean O'Donnell said...

Hi There,

It was good for giggles anyway. Terrorism is not a concern , I have lived in dublin all my life, and there has never been any terrorist attacks during that time (I am 28). Be aware however that the cost of living (especially rent) is very high. Dublin has turned into one of the most expensive cities in the world, and its not unusual to find people paying half their salaries in rent.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about dublin if you decide to give the move serious consideration.

25 October, 2005 02:03  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not being in Mountain View is a plus, too. Let me tell you!

25 October, 2005 03:01  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The first poster was me. As everyone else has said terrorism is not to worry about. And anyway why would the IRA be active in Dublin? I guess you've a bit of learning to do about Ireland! :p

If terrorism was a problem in the Republic, it wouldn't have one of the lowest (offical) unemployment rates in the world. Rent is expensive in Dublin, but it can't be worse than Mountain View ... just make sure they pay you well, very well and you'll be grand.

Make sure you go to Mulligan's on Poolbeg street for a real pint of stout in a real pub. Too many namby pamby pubs in Dublin these days.
All the best! Oh, and avoid all those silly fake-Irish (American movie) phases like "top of the morning" & "it's a soft day".

Ireland's wile craic! :D

25 October, 2005 03:37  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I forgot to wish you all the best and congratulations! :)

So, all the best and congratulations!


25 October, 2005 03:47  
Anonymous jaypee said...

Dublin is a great city filled with history, art culture, but most importantly Guinness. You'll be hard pushed to find a more welcoming and cosmopolitan city. Don't think twice.

25 October, 2005 11:27  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am French and living in Dublin for 2 years and believe me you won't regret it !!
It's really a great cosmopolitan place to be, and the Google offices are in on the nicest (richets) area of Dublin.

People forgot to mention about the IRA as well, that they surrender their weapons last month and that it may be the definitive end of their activity (which as everybody pointed out as always been in Northern Ireland).

If you need more info about Dublin mail me at callytic AT gmail DOT COM

See ya in Eire

26 October, 2005 18:41  
Anonymous Artis Å losbergs said...

As a person who lived & studied in Dublin for some time, I have to completely agree with the statements made above -- Dublin is a perfectly safe city :)

26 October, 2005 18:45  

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