Wednesday, August 17, 2011

War For Talent: Seattle

Moving where the talent is on a much smaller scale:

“We’re excited to expand our presence in Seattle,” said Bershad. “There’s a strong pipeline of talent in Washington and we now have more than 850 employees in our Seattle and Kirkland offices working on a variety of key products including Google Search, Chrome and Google Plus.”

Interestingly, the statement makes no mention of the new Bothell operation. However, with three facilities located throughout the region, the company could be able to draw on technology talent no matter where they live. That could become even more important after tolling takes effect on the 520 floating bridge, which connects Seattle to Bellevue, Kirkland and Redmond.

Scattering offices around the region to reduce the costs of commuting is a new one for me. Talk about reverse engineering transportation. Beats throwing millions at light rail.

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