Hey, what do you know, a question that I’m qualified to answer.
I feel pretty privileged to work at Google. But I feel exceptionally privileged to work on Firebase.
It’s a successful product in an area that is strategically important to the company. Its success is founded on providing easy-to-use solutions to problems that are tedious, difficult, and universal in the world of app development. Providing those solutions at scale is a hard problem. And they’re doing it. (I should say “we,” I suppose, but imposter syndrome runs deep.)
I also really enjoy the people. Firebase was, by all accounts, a positive place to work before Google bought it, and that comes from the care that the founders took in creating a culture based on self-reinforcing positive qualities, like mutual care and respect and growth through shared adversity. (For instance, said founders sit fifteen feet away from me in the middle of our noisy, distracting, exposed open-plan offices, just like everyone else, even though it’s common for Google managers at their level to have private offices.)
Firebase is really an amazing product. The Firebase team has done a great job of transitioning it into the Google behemoth while making the product even more amazing. I’ve learned a ton from working on this team so far, and I’m really excited by what I see coming down the road in the next 12 months. (Uncomfortably excited, to use Larry Page’s phrase. None of what we’re planning to do seems like it’s going to be easy.)