My name is Rajeev Menjoge and I am a
quantitative analyst. My name is Elizabeth Tucker and I’m a quantitative analyst.
Quantitative analysts are involved in a lot of things at Google, working with
teams like Search, Ads, YouTube, Geo. We’re often working with really really
complicated systems and we’re trying to understand how products are doing, where they’re doing well, where they’re not doing well, and what can be done to make them better. I’d say about 40% of the time I’m doing some kind of coding—I’m implementing some
algorithm I developed—30% of the time I’m in meetings brainstorming and so on,
and the rest of the time is kind of split between either exploring and
sanity checking data, or coming up with algorithms. I started working here
because I was really interested in Search and the problems in Search, and I
continue to find that fascinating to this day. We have a variety of
backgrounds, and in fact we deliberately hire from a variety of backgrounds. My
background is theoretical math actually, not statistics. We deliberately seek
different perspectives because Google is an international company and we look at
analysis in over 100 languages and so having a diverse perspective as possible
is a wonderful thing. As a quantitative analyst, the impact
that you have is amplified just by the scale of Google, by the number of people
that are using Google products. When I look at Google search results,
I do feel proud of the influence I’ve had. I often though find myself critical
and thinking how much farther we have to go. Being a quantitative analyst is like being a lifelong student of statistics.
We try to make sure people are working on problems they’re passionate about,
that way everyone’s happy and analysts produce great work. My teammates are very accomplished, they’re very helpful. It’s not a matter of “let me do work so that I can do better than you.” It’s more “let me do work so that I could help you and we’re all on the same team.” Being a quantitative analyst at Google is so much fun. If you’re a data person, having huge amounts of real data to play with, and also
having an impact on the world around you, is such an appealing combination.