A Google Programmer 'Blew Off' A $500,000 Salary At Startup - Because He's Already Making $3 Million Every Year




This is not the programmer in question

Thanks to all its money, Google is a big winner in the war for talent in Silicon Valley.


The latest evidence is a story we just heard from the founder of a large, successful enterprise startup.

This founder told us that his startup tried to poach a "programmer" currently working at Google.

Complimentary Tech Event
Transform talent with learning that works
Capability development is critical for businesses who want to push the envelope of innovation.Discover how business leaders are strategizing around building talent capabilities and empowering employee transformation.Know More

The startup made the programmer what it thought was a big offer: a $500,000 salary.

"He blew us off," said the founder.


The programmer told the startup thanks for the offer, but Google was currently paying him $3 million per year in cash and restricted stock units.

(Restricted stock units, or "RSUs," are as good as stock in that the programmer won't have to buy them to get them.)

Google has an industry-wide reputation for getting - and keeping - the people it wants.

It's pretty impressive, for example, that Google was able to remove Andy Rubin from the top of Android and still manage to keep him inside the company, working on robots.

This is a credit to CEO Larry Page. He's made Google into a place where really bright people get to work on extremely ambitious, large scale problems. Before he took over Google as CEO in 2011, the company was losing a lot of people to startups like Facebook and Twitter. Now, not so much.


It is also a credit to the power of money, which Google has a lot of.