Forget Apple and Facebook, Employees Still Want to be Poached by Google



It’s been a wild couple of weeks for the Poachable team since we launched. With more than 2,000 employees and over 100 employers already signing up for the service, it’s clear the idea of passive job-finding has a lot of interest on both ends of the market. This is especially true in the startup and technology space, which has a history of clamping down on employees ability to explore and move from job to job.

As the economy rebounds and the technology market booms it remains difficult to match potential candidates with key open positions. Candidates are demanding higher pay from their potential employers and STEM jobs are taking twice as long to fill as non-STEM jobs.

So what companies stand a chance to compete in a job market where skilled employees continue to wield more power?

In tech-heavy geographies like Seattle and San Francisco we’ve seen a high concentration of people wanting to leave a specific group of companies. On the other end of the equation, we don’t see a lot of people in a hurry to leave Facebook or Google. 

We decided to take a deeper look at what potential candidates are listing when we ask what their dream job is (e.g. who they want to be poached by).

As illustrated in the infographic above, Google, is by far and away, the company that most potential candidates want to be poached by. In fact, candidates listed Google five-times more than their next desired location – Apple – when we took a look at the top 10 “dream jobs” in the technology industry.

The fact that Google ranks first might not be a surprise given the company ranked as the best place to work by FORTUNE this year for a fifth time. That said, in a period where it seems everyone wants to work for the next hot startup, and competition for talent is fiercer than ever before, we found the landside interest in working at Google among seasoned executives, engineers and developers telling.

It’s also evidence of what startups are up against when they look to poach talent from larger technology companies. Although new graduates are jumping at the opportunity to hop aboard potential rocket ships in new startups, mid-to-senior level professionals still find Google’s pitch, benefits, and audacious experiments like Glass and self-driving cars compelling.