Interesting approach -- tbd if this will scale better than the everybody-in-Redmond Microsoft model.
[Google Engineering Vice President Douglas Merrill:] Google's unusual in a couple of ways. We open engineering offices where the talent is, rather than bringing talent to a location. ... [In Kirkland] we have north of 250 employees, and we're approaching 200 engineers. It's just an incredible growth rate in two years.
We don't have specialized engineering offices... Each of our engineering offices have a personality, a flavor. But fundamentally each office works on the entire panoply of Google products and services