I felt very connected at all times. Google always had meetings with us and us googlers always had on our google attire so even when at an other store people would notice that we were apart of a Google team.
Answered - Associate (Former Employee) - Mountain View, CA
I worked mostly remote. The office was interesting and had great amenities but wasn't anything compared to the MTV office.
Answered - Field Operations (Former Employee) - Austin, TX
Each satellite office reflects the location very well. Great atmosphere but lots of distractions.
Answered - Technical Recruiter (Current Employee) - Austin, TX
Not worth it.
Answered - Sr. Technical Recruiter (Contract) (Current Employee) - Seattle, WA
I was based in Singapore, but also got to work with lots of Googlers based in many other offices - Bangalore, Zurich, Sydney, New York, Shanghai, and more. There's a mix of experiences. Some projects do work very closely with Mountain View, and so there's a pretty tight integration. Other projects are more distinct from whatever is being done in HQ - pretty often, that's because the project has a nice clear definition, and the decisions and direction are owned by the non-MTV team. This latter is actually more of the goal. Google called its model "distributed" offices, rather than "remote" offices. While there's certainly a strong center of gravity in Mountain View (which has got stronger in the past 4 or 5 years), other offices do own and create significant products and features.
The strong overall culture means every office looks and feels Googley. And the weekly TGIF means everyone is in the loop on company-wide initiatives. So in that sense, all offices are pretty connected.
Fact is, people in Mountain View itself are often disconnected from each other. It's a huge campus, and being there, you don't necessarily feel like you're any closer to the Mother Ship.