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Googler Offered $3.5M to Turn Down Facebook

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 43 comments

That's on top of all of the other awesome perks Google staffers get.

It's a common trick of the trade. You're looking for a raise but your employer won't give you one. So, you tell them you're going to go work for a competitor, hoping they'll so scared of losing you to the competition, they'll offer you more money to stay. Well, I don’t know if that was this Googler's plan when he told his employer that he had been offered a job at Facebook, but he definitely got offered a very handsome bonus to stay in Mountain View.

TechCrunch reports that Google recently offered a staff engineer $3.5 million in restricted stock to stop him leaving for Facebook. It's not clear whether or not this person had already received a job offer from the biggest social network in town, but Michael Arrington writes that he was being "heavily romanced" by Facebook.

TC reports that this isn't the first time this has happened. In fact, though the search giant won't make a nice counteroffer for everyone trying to leave, Google will often go to great lengths to stop staff leaving for the likes of Facebook, Twitter and even LinkedIn. By the sounds of things, this particular deal is bigger than the rest. That $3.5 million in restricted stock will vest over time, so it's not surprising to learn that the engineer reportedly accepted and stayed at Google. Wouldn't you?

Read more about Google's method of retaining engineers and other valuable members of staff on TechCrunch.

Source: TechCrunch

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    JasonAkkerman , November 13, 2010 4:33 AM
    I tried that tactic once... wound up with out job...
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    eklipz330 , November 13, 2010 1:25 AM
    god i need to work for google so bad. so bad.
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    TeKEffect , November 13, 2010 2:50 AM
    he must be talented.
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    eklipz330 , November 13, 2010 1:25 AM
    god i need to work for google so bad. so bad.
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    eklipz330 , November 13, 2010 1:26 AM
    god and that dude just got a pay raise...($&(*^# GOOGLE IS AWESOME
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    JD13 , November 13, 2010 1:41 AM
    Send him packing....as they're ALL over paid to sit & stare out the window watching the clouds blow by!
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    xantek24 , November 13, 2010 2:04 AM
    Facebook counter-attack: $3.6 mil.....
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    eddieroolz , November 13, 2010 2:38 AM
    Amazing thing is that Google can afford those huge payments.

    Hell, I'd take that, and I'm not a fan of Google!
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    TeKEffect , November 13, 2010 2:50 AM
    he must be talented.
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    jenkem , November 13, 2010 3:34 AM
    *applies to google*
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    soundefx , November 13, 2010 4:08 AM
    He probably knows the company secrets.
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    JasonAkkerman , November 13, 2010 4:33 AM
    I tried that tactic once... wound up with out job...
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    kronos_cornelius , November 13, 2010 4:38 AM
    Nice to see tech jobs get paid proportional to its benefit to society.
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    drsanches , November 13, 2010 5:22 AM
    finally they give the people who do all the technical things the money they deserve!!! the more talanted people in the industry are worth so much more than they usually are paid!!
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    False_Dmitry_II , November 13, 2010 5:43 AM
    JasonAkkermanI tried that tactic once... wound up with out job...


    Yeah, I had heard that was a bad thing to try, cause if you're important to something that's going on they might let you think it worked. But then when it's done so are you..
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    tehramen , November 13, 2010 6:04 AM
    they'll so scared
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    tony singh , November 13, 2010 6:07 AM
    I would have readily agreed on half that amount...
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    vada , November 13, 2010 6:29 AM
    tomorrow that guy gets a offer from FB 100 million...
    @^$#% that guy is damn lucky!!! lol
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    NuclearShadow , November 13, 2010 6:44 AM
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    Michael Arrington writes that he was being "heavily romanced" by Facebook.


    Is anyone else picturing Facebook sending cocaine and high class prostitutes to snort it off of to his door?

    On a serious note I think this goes to show you how important a person can be in a corporation and that individuals can play key roles in them.
    If this guy is that hard of a worker and is indeed that important then he deserves whatever he gets.

    Perhaps Facebook should hire Jane to do the recruiting job for them.
    She showed how persistent and charming she can be at CES.
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    hokkdawg , November 13, 2010 8:20 AM
    Good for this engineer. At least he's smart enough to realize how filthy rich Google is and knows how to leverage his skills for compensation; the size of this incentive just shows him how underpaid he was. Most employees would continue on being underpaid for fear of unemployment.
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    killerclick , November 13, 2010 9:40 AM
    Damn, I'm lazy and stupid and I never catch any breaks!
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