Google sees record 75,000 job applications in one week

By on February 4, 2011, 2:28 PM
Google saw a record 75,000 job applications worldwide last week. All those resumes set a new record for the company, beating the previous one from May 2007 by 15 percent, according to what Google spokesperson Aaron Zamost told Bloomberg.

The search giant plans on hiring more workers in 2011 than any other year in its history, exceeding its 2007 record. Google had 24,400 workers at the end of 2010, and announced last week that it would add more than 6,000 employees this year. Even if Google somehow hires exactly 6,000 people out of the 75,000 (ignoring the fact that the company will likely hire from inside the company or have head hunters find specific people), 92 percent of applicants have to be turned away.

Google is pushing hard into mobile with Android, encroaching on Apple's turf, and is also interested in social, which is not the best news for Facebook. The company is thus trying to compete for both end users and engineering talent with the two companies. Despite this, Google still insists that its biggest competitor is actually Bing.

A recent survey showed that Facebook was the best place to work in the US. Google is clearly getting more applications, as it's the significantly bigger company. Nevertheless, which technology company would you rather work for: Google or Facebook?

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andreasf93 said:

I wanna be one of those 75K :<

princeton princeton said:

andreasf93 said:

I wanna be one of those 75K :<

You mean 6K.


posermobile89 said:

I would rather work for Google. I feel as though it will be around longer than Facebook

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

"Nevertheless, which technology company would you rather work for: Google or Facebook? "


I live and work in the high-tech industry in Seattle - have a lot of MS friends and have seen first hand what happens to techies in a company that becomes so large, they lose their individuality and at times purpose. You get assigned projects and are expected to work like an absolute dog. I mean putting in insane types of hours. Some of my MS friends have disappeared for months at a time while working on their respective project, literally living out of their offices. Plus when things come crashing down, you're a disposable. They'll kick you out the front door in a heartbeat if they decide to change directions or eliminate your work-group regardless of your skills or experience. Everyone is replaceable. It might be fun for 2-3 years, or to get some experience. But to look at those uber high-tech companies as a long-time employment're in for a rude awakening.

dcrosenthal said:

I agree with you somewhat... Like the article says Google probably (and will) higher from within which in any business is the best way to higher... (aka less training and more probability that the person will stick around) company's lose billions each year training someone that ends up quitting in less than a year anyway... but yes I do agree that big company's can make you work like a dog but then it is your choice to work there. I'm from Fargo, ND and Microsoft gives 100% full paid benefits and no one else gets that around here... So while there is downsides there is also a lot of upsides like room to move up and great benefits.

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