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Ask Jeeves To Increase Staff by 20% Brett_Tabke msg:30904 3:09 pm on Dec 19, 2005 (gmt 0) [ ...] thestreet.com
Barry Diller's Internet empire expects to increase the staff at its Ask Jeeves search engine by about 20%, Ask Jeeves head Steve Berkowitz says. The expansion comes as Jeeves, which employs 650 workers now, posts solid gains in traffic but remains overshadowed by its more famous and deeper-pocketed rivals. IAC shares are down 10% for the year.
mack msg:30905 3:36 pm on Dec 19, 2005 (gmt 0)
Sharp contrast to their UK opperations where they laid off a large proportion of their sales staff.
cpc is a lot less in the UK though, so I guess the margins didn't justify the outlaw.
natural number msg:30906 10:56 pm on Dec 19, 2005 (gmt 0)
Jeeves has that many workers? I think they should decrease their staff by 20%. I might search on Jeeves once a year. I bet they are going to hand edit their index again or hand edit it more. martinibuster msg:30907 3:40 am on Dec 20, 2005 (gmt 0)
A 20% increase is actually a downward trend from their 30% year to year staff growth, according to this quote last month [ sfgate.com] by AJ's Glen Sunnergren, senior vice president of Human Resources:
"We are clearly in a hiring mode," said Sunnergren, pointing out that the company has enjoyed a 30 percent year-to-year increase in the size of its staff for several years.
Are they spinning a decrease in hiring?
I think a fact checker to keep all their statements consistent is one of the people they should be looking to hire.
;) Y ByronM msg:30908 3:28 am on Jan 4, 2006 (gmt 0)
A decrease in hirring doesn't show anything. For all we know it could be an increase in efficiency and better production.
20% growth for a company with only a few percentage points of the market isn't anything to shy off about.
I just wish they used more of there own results rather than google. Google NEEDS competition.