Googlers In Short Supply In India

    October 13, 2006

Google is reputedly a great employer: at the Googleplex in Mountain View, workers are treated to recreation facilities, “snack rooms,” and bring-your-dog-to-work privileges, among other nice bonuses. Nonetheless, Google is having a hard time “recruiting talented locals in its South Asian operations.”

Ram Shriram, a Google director, recently admitted the problem. “I know first hand that we’ve had a bit more of a challenge trying to hire engineers for Google in Bangalore compared to other parts of the world,” he said, according to the Gulf Times.

You can’t fault the company for not making an effort, though. On the home page, there’s a “We’re Hiring” link. Click on it, and you’re told of a company that encourages its employees “to make their dreams a reality.” Google says it believes in “a fun atmosphere,” and offers benefits like “Mediclaim insurance, life insurance, business travel / personal accident insurance,” and “sick time, maternity leave, paternity leave, and family care leave.”

Google’s hiring problems in India may not be due to a lack of appeal (or advertising), though. Rather, there may be an issue of finding applicants with the proper qualifications. Shriram “cited a shortage of web development skills such as knowledge of Javascript and Ajax (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML),” the Gulf Times reported.

“The people are smart, innately smart but don’t have this particular skill set yet,” Shriram said. “It’s great to find a good founding team, but then I can’t find middle management. I can’t find engineers.”

It’s also possible that Indians are less than eager to associate themselves with Google due to recent Orkut-related problems. As Amar remarked in a WebProWorld post, “It’s becoming a big issue in India as there in no privacy in the site.”


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Doug is a staff writer for WebProNews. Visit WebProNews for the latest eBusiness news.