Here's The Secret To Gaining Power At Google

Claire Johnson, from Google

We spent an afternoon last week talking to a source close to Google.

Here’s something we learned: The best way to gain power at Google seems to be to go out and get a big job offer from a hot startup and then get a counter-offer from Google.

Our source says this has happened in three instances lately.

We were unable to confirm these instances with other sources, so you should read the following as rumours and scuttlebutt:

  • “[Senior vice president of engineering] Sridhar [Ramaswamy] went out and got an offer from Square to become its VP of Engineering. [He] used it to get shopping from [senior vice president] Jeff [Huber]. Sridhar works in ads. So shopping is now part of ads.”
  • “[Vice president of Offers] Claire Johnson got a COO offer from Uber. [She] used it to take over Offers. She is in sales but she managed to get product, engineering, and sales [reporting to her].”
  • “Clay Bavor got an offer [to become a] director of product management at Facebook. [He] used it to get [control of Google] Apps, including Google Drive. The Clay one is interesting because he had said said yes and reneged.”

We offered to chat with Google about all this before publishing this story, but it declined.

So, that’s how to get the top jobs at Google. Click here to see how much they pay >

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