Headhunters and rival internet executives say that uncertainty over Google’s future in China has made engineers and other employees from Google’s Chinese offices more receptive to their overtures. Those employees were previously much harder to woo away from Google because of staffers’ loyalty to the company.
Zhao Chenglong, chief human resources consultant for Beijing-based recruitment firm Finder Hunter, said that since Google’s announcement he has helped his clients poach "several" Google employees.
Mr. Zhao says other technology companies, sensing opportunity, have authorized him to offer unusually large compensation packages to potential recruits from Google.
Analysts and industry executives say it is almost certain Google won’t be allowed to operate the Chinese site unfiltered, but Google executives, including Chief Executive Eric Schmidt, have said they want to maintain an operation in China. Google is still trying to fill roughly 40 open positions in China that it listed on its website before its January announcement.
Wall Street Journal Online reports that personnel experts say the clouded outlook for Google in China makes keeping current staffers, let alone attracting new talent, difficult.