Google’s Top Execs Are Always Visible But Almost Never Approachable

Sergey Brin and Larry Page

If you work at Google headquarters or you just happen to be visiting, there is a very good chance you will bump into Larry Page, Sergey Brin, or Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

There is also a very good chance that without a meeting at their Mountain View campus, you will not have the chance to meet them face-to-face for an open dialogue.

Don Dodge, a company developer advocate for the last six years, posted an answer to a Quora Q&A about how easy it is for employees to meet with Page or Brin.

“Larry and Sergey, and Sundar Pichai are very visible at Google,” Dodge writes.

They even show up at “TGIF” all-hands meetings that actually ake place on Thursday.

But, Dodge continues, don’t expect to start a conversation with Google’s top executives.

“However, that doesn’t mean they are easy to approach and engage in discussion. They are very private and don’t engage in small talk. They are usually very focused on their priorities, and their schedule is always fully booked. Larry is a notoriously fast walker and avoids eye contact with anyone so he can get to his destination without disruption.”

Avoiding eye contact? Sounds like a wonderful boss.