Google has been the darling of the employee/recruitment world for a while due to their upwardly mobile stock price, reputation, place where smart people are, and lavish employee perks. We always heard about people leaving for Google, and never much about anyone leaving.
Has the tide started to shift? Last week SFGate.com penned a piece called “O’ Googlers, where art thou?” that chronicles what some early Google employees are doing today, and discusses a little bit about why they left. There are numerous quotes from the former employees talking about things like the company culture changing, there being too many employees, and feeling like their contributions aren’t important anymore.
Then today it was announced that key Google European executive Joanna Shields left Google for social networking company Bebo. Google has thousands of employees, and lots of executives, so let’s not overblow this, but at the same time you can start to see that some people don’t see staying at Google as the right choice for them for whatever reason.
Has Google reached the point where key people start looking for more exciting opportunties?