Google Is In Growth Mode: 6,200 New Workers In 2011
Associated Press is reporting that Google is shooting to bolster its workforce to the tune of 6,200 new employees in 2011. Google’s plan is sure to have major support from President Obama in the wake of a State of the Union address calling for a reinvestment in American technological leadership — but some Google investors are worried that it’s too much growth, too fast.
The hiring plan, as detailed to the AP, was light on specifics and heavy on confidence. The only thing we know for sure is that Google wants to hire more than the 6,131 seats it added in 2007. That would mean the company would grow its overall team by another 25% (approximately speaking).
This anticipated growth is especially notable in the wake of Larry Page taking the reins as CEO of Google in the first weeks of 2011. The message to investors, it seems like, is keep calm and carry on.
All the same, while Google is profitable and only getting more so, there is a real concern on Wall Street that payroll will outstrip revenue and drop the company’s value. But Google insists, not without cause, that it needs to spend more to get the very best if it wants to maintain its lead in the IT world.
Talk about your double-edged swords. Google may use its new talent pool to launch all kinds of exciting new products and services in line with their 100% Web goal for 2011. But at the same time, there’s no telling how many of those 6,200 fresh faces will be bolstering Google’s direct sales efforts and competing with Google Apps resellers.
Keep watching Talkin’ Cloud for more updates on Google’s growth through 2011.