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Google posts HUGE # of job opening on HotJobs today
The numbers don't lie

 4:26 am on May 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

Well everyone, I was taking a look through Yahoo HotJobs today, when I noticed that Google had several openings posted. I started looking further down the page, and Google's postings kept going ... and going ... and going ...

After running a complete check, our dear friends at Google had posted a whopping 801 job openings; that's 801 openings posted on May 18th alone! I couldn't believe it ... 1 day! I wonder how much they had to pay Yahoo for all of those postings? Considering the fact that, as of December 31 2005, Google had 5,680 employees worldwide, 801 openings is a lot!

At any rate, the following is a breakdown of Google departments, and the # of job openings in each department:

Accounting-Finance 60
Advertising-Public-Relations 114
Arts-Entertainment-Publishing 6
Clerical-Administrative 22
Construction-Facilities 4
Education-Training 35
Engineering-Architecture 26
Human-Resources 62
Internet-New-Media 2
Law-Enforcement-Security 16
Legal 21
Manufacturing-Operations 8
Marketing 24
Sales 22
Technology 373
Telecommunications 6

Total Job Postings 801

While I won't go into more specific things that I learned from crunching all the numbers, I can tell you several things.

1. Anyone know the exact cities where the datacenters are located (physically)? I think I do (without even looking them up anywhere) :-)
2. Exactly 1/2 of the 62 HR jobs posted were for temp jobs (wow)
3. I feel sorry for Googlers in London, Dublin, Milan, Stockholm, and Zurich. Why? All the job postings for those cities were for "MBA Interns" eg. You must already have a BS/BA, and be in the first year for your MBA, before you can be considered for an intern spot with Google (I'm not making this up folks).
4. The largest benefactor in this hiring drive is obviously Mountainview, CA (472 jobs); the second largest is New York, NY (96)
5. Google is making major pushes for certain "Vertical" markets, including: Automotive, Financial, Travel (wonder where they got that info from)

Bottom line is: not only is something wrong with the whole Big Daddy changeover, Google currently doesn't have the personnel to fix it!

But judging from a) the # of technology jobs posted (eg. Data Center Tech, Software Engineer, etc.), they definitely know that they need more people to fix the problems (many of the Data Center Tech jobs were temp jobs), and judging from b) the # of public relations jobs posted, they are getting an ear full from the public about these problems.

I have a spreadsheet with all of the breakdowns that I did on the number of postings, cities affected, exact jobs offered in exact cities, etc. Some really interesting stuff :-)

[edited by: tedster at 2:48 pm (utc) on May 19, 2006]



 7:13 pm on May 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

This is why GOOG is the hottest stock in the stock market today.


 7:50 pm on May 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

Bottom line is: not only is something wrong with the whole Big Daddy changeover, Google currently doesn't have the personnel to fix it!

Interesting that roughly 1/8 of the openings are for PR folks. But the high %age of engineering openings isn't surprising. G generally does a lot of recruiting. That they are advertising on their competitor's site is a bit surprising ...


 8:10 pm on May 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

Concerning the HR positions, the 50% that are listed as temp are mainly all recruiting positions. Makes sense for the short term, but doesn't leave them much for the long term, unless they are going temp to hire, or plan on doing another big round of hiring new temp personnel.

I wonder if this isn't "inflating the numbers" a bit though. I mean, they only had less than 6,000 personnel to start with at the beginning of the year. I mean, by the numbers, Google is increasing their staff by about 7.5%, but a lot of those are temp positions.


 8:37 pm on May 19, 2006 (gmt 0)


Another batch of job postings added today.

Total posted on HotJobs in the last 30 days: 1,110


 3:51 pm on May 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

Interesting. Let's put this into perspective:

Current job openings for MSN (or related) in the US: 837, of these for Adcenter: 124. The guys in Redmond are apparently powering up for the fight with Google.

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