Google brain drain?
The recruitment world has been abuzz lately with news of the near exodus of high-level employees from Google. Watching this video of the company headquarters, Googleplex HQ, famed for its free gourmet lunches, creatively-enabling spaces and employee massages, its hard to imagine how the company that vowed to do no evil are no longer the destination of choice for talented employees in the industry.
Elliot Schrages departure from Google to work for Facebook as head of global communications and public affairs is the latest in a string of senior Google staff to have quit. In the last few months those that have jumped ship to Facebook from
Google include leading executives such as Sheryl Sandberg, who is now
the networks chief operating officer, following time as vice president
of global sales at Google, Ben Ling and Ethan Beard, a former
director of social media and now director of business development.
Facebook has even managed to poach a Google executive chef, Josef Desimone.
Despite this, Google spokesman Matt Furman was quick to point to the deep management pool at the company, which receives 1,300 resumes every day, or nearly a half a million a year from people who want to come and work for Google.
John Pulsipher, president of Silicon Valley recruitment firm Wollborg/Michelson, told BBC News: It does of course not look very good for Google. Facebook is hot just now, but everybody knows that hot can get cold.
So why has Google lost something of its cachet among the technorati workforce?
Far from being a search engine firm with idealistic goals to do no evil, it has morphed into a behemoth with 16,800 employees worldwide that rivals other large tech companies.
Perhaps more importantly for some, Google no longer has that anything goes approach that most start ups possess.
Mr Pulsipher says getting in on the ground floor with Facebook makes good economic sense if the share option package is sound but he believes its wrong for ex employees to put down the company that helped make them a desirable hire for someone else.
Thats a mistake. The reason they got the job at Facebook in the first place is because of the chances they got at Google and the talent they worked with. People are not an island unto themselves.
The Newshound was intrigued by Googles famed workplace, so if youre wondering what all the fuss is about, watch the video below courtesy of WebUser Magazine. Makes you wonder what the Facebook offices must be like doesnt it?