Netease Tech, 2/24/10
Some Chinese tech companies have begun to actively recruit Google China employees in light of Google's possible withdrawal from the China market. Both headhunters and Google's competitors say Google engineers and other employees have become more receptive to job offers since Google's prospects in China are unclear. Google's workforce had been very loyal and difficult to poach in the past.
Zhao Chenglong, chief HR advisor at Beijing-based recruiter Finder Hunter, said his company has aided a number of clients in wooing Google staff since Google announced its possible withdrawal. While Zhao declined to specify the names or numbers of Google employees poached, he said it was approximately as many as he was able to recruit in all of 2009.
Microsoft is believed to be among the companies recruiting Google staff, according to one industry insider, specifically for its Bing search engine business.
Hao Wu, GM of TripAdvisor's official Chinese website Daodao, said that many Google staffers who declined all offers in the past are now open to negotiation when approached.