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Google or Facebook: Who Would You Rather Work For?
Thursday, March 27, 2008
I have to laugh every time someone out there tries to suggest that Google is doomed. Case in point a post over at Forbes suggesting that as Google's stock price continues to drop that key Google personnel are beginning to leave Google for Facebook. This is rather interesting though as we have all heard of the stories about how Google is such a great place to work. It is interesting to see a number of Google's top team members leave and leave specifically for Facebook.

Here is a list of some of the recent departures from Google:
  • Gideon Yu - former chief financial officer at YouTube, is now chief financial officer at Facebook.

  • Sheryl Sandberg now the chief operating officer at Facebook

  • Ethan Beard - Google's director of social media is slated to leave the company in April. He will become director of business development at Facebook.

  • Benjamin Ling a former top engineer with Google

  • Justin Rosenstein another former top engineer from Google.
According to the story from Forbes,
Both Facebook and Google declined to say how many ex-Googlers now work at the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company, but Google said it tries to keep its employees happy and challenged. Despite its efforts, the company conceded that some turnover is inevitable. "We understand that the nature of our times is that people will do many things over the course of their careers," Google said in a statement.
So why are folks leaving Google for Facebook? Surely it cannot be because they are bored already. Google remains one of the most innovative companies on the planet. Facebook is more of a one trick pony. Facebook is the flavor of the week. Google is more like the vanilla or chocolate staple that you would expect to find as opposed to being the flavor of the week. The fact of the matter is that Google team now sits at more than 16, 000 people. Not everyone can be a standout with that many people. By contrast Facebook is estimated to have merely a thousand personnel so it would be much easier to shine there as opposed to Google.

Are people leaving Google (GOOG) for Facebook because they are bored? Possibly, but there may be additional ego involved. Facebook is considered the latest "Internet Darling" but that only goes so far. Google has been on top for a while now, look for them to remain there for the time being. Or could Google be finally starting to slow down? According to Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, a latest report from comScore showed that Google's paid clicks, or the measure of web searchers viewing advertising, were down 3% month-over-month and total search volume was down 4.6% month-over-month.paid clicks, or the measure of web searchers viewing advertising, were down 3% month-over-month and total search volume was down 4.6% month-over-month.

Although reports suggest that things might be slowing down for Google, the Search Giant continues to attract the top talent available. Is Google the "farm-team" for Facebook? Lately it sure seems that way.

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posted by Jody @ Thursday, March 27, 2008  
1 Comments:
  • At 3:39 PM, Blogger Rob said…

    There is another possibility.

    In the past we've seen former employees "move" to another technology in preparation for a move.

    IE the ex-googlers could be working with facebook staff in an effort to transition into the google collective.

    Or they are just looking for a change. After all, some have made decent $ at google and are looking for something new to sink their teeth into. Bring some new ideas into a company that perhaps can implement them more quickly? Who knows.

     
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