Eric Young, site lead for Google Washington and VP of engineering, poses in a colorful stairwell in the company’s South Lake Union offices in Seattle. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser)
Google’s growth in the Seattle region is part of what lured Eric Young, a 15-year Amazon veteran, to jump from one tech giant to another back in 2016. Five years later, Young is helping to spark even more growth as the site lead for Washington state and vice president of engineering at Google.
Google was the first Silicon Valley tech company to establish an engineering outpost in the Seattle area in 2004. More than 100 out-of-town companies now have satellite offices in the region, tapping into the bevy of tech talent.
Seventeen years later after setting the trend, Google has more than 7,000 employees across Seattle and other side of Lake Washington in Kirkland. It’s hardly an outpost anymore and is the company’s largest operation away from its Mountain View, Calif., home.
Google has ongoing construction work at its new Kirkland Urban campus east of Seattle. It also last year signed an agreement to buy nearly 10 acres of land at a car dealership site just down the street in Kirkland.
I was ready to try something new and different. The idea to be a site lead for a growing area of engineering investment for Google was quite attractive.
“This is a full engineering-focused site and most of our product areas actually have a significant presence up here,” Young…