I'm really new as a Google FTE (still doing some logistical onboarding like getting my laptop fully set up), but I want to hit the ground running and start growing at Google as fast as possible. However, I don't know what I don't know - There's a lot to take in, and I'm unsure where is best to focus and allocate my time.
Here are the main things you should do:
For the longer term, the key to really solidifying yourself as a strong L3 engineer and making progress to L4 is to champion stellar code quality. You can learn more about that from this Q&A career advice: "What can I do to quickly build my reputation as a junior engineer?"
Ah, I just realized why blaming code is better than blaming people.
Start being productive as soon as possible! “Productive” could mean a lot of things, so start small. A few ways to have immediate impact (within the first week or 2):