Google's good on Talent. Really good. So good they could hire away your best people tomorrow. The good news? They won't, because that would harm the unique talent ecosystem that breeds an honest industry.
Or some $*** like that. Pull on your wading boots, my friends, because it's about to get deep. From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer :
"Google passes on hiring some exceptional engineers, even if they are a perfect fit for the Internet giant, because keeping them outside the company strengthens the competitive ecosystem, an executive said Wednesday.
"I recently had a discussion with an engineer at Google and I pointed out a handful of people that I thought were fruitful in the industry and I proposed that we should hire these people," Google vice president Bradley Horowitz said at a San Francisco conference, as reported by The Register. "But (the engineer) stopped me and said these people are actually important to have outside of Google. They're very Google people that have the right philosophies around these things, and it's important that we not hire these guys. It's better for the ecosystem to have an honest industry, as opposed to aggregating all this talent at Google."
Horowitz made this statement at the Supernova 2009 conference, where tech-industry leaders talked about the future of technology in "meaningful social and business contexts," as the conference's Web site states. So of course Horowitz was going to pump up his company's ethical stances.
Wow. Where is Al Gore when I need him to link this approach to global warming and the sensibilities of the Prius? It's an interesting take from a company that's been known to make agreements with other tech giants not to poach talent that resulted in anti-trust inquiries.
This is why I've always been a Microsoft kind of guy. No pretension. The vibe in Redmond is more "we're here to compete and by the way, we're not afraid to bundle your business model into our primary product if that's what it takes to break you".
You know, the honesty thing. No ecosystem references beyond "we've got a recycling bin" in the second floor breakroom.
Don't be evil hating.