Google Inc. is fighting off Facebook Inc. and other fast-growing Internet firms that are poaching its staff, a reversal for a company that has long been one of Silicon Valley's hottest job destinations.
Among the defectors are engineers such as Cedric Beust. The 41-year-old spent six years at Google working on projects like the mobile operating system Android. But by this year, "I was ready for something different and more challenging," he said.
Mr. Beust's job target list included Facebook, micro-blogging service Twitter Inc. and professional social-networking company LinkedIn Corp. After interviews at several of the firms, Mr. Beust in May joined LinkedIn as a principal software engineer.
Competition for experienced engineers like Mr. Beust is especially strong as Web start-ups ramp up their hiring and poach from established companies like Google.
From The Wall Street Journal
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