of course. sorry that was sloppy writing on my part. Edited.
"This is from the perspective of a Seattle Google employee, so I don't think location is an issue."
Oh I was thinking more Bangalore or Buenos Aires, not Seattle vs Mountain View (though I keep hearing that the really cool projects are run out of MV, with the occasional exception like the V8 work)
The real key to doing such work might be "become a superstar and do cutting edge work" ;-) . Then the fact that you work at Google is just a detail.