In theory, getting a job at Google is even harder than getting a job at an investment bank. Google gets something like three million applications every year, but only hires 7,000 people - making its application ratio 438 hopefuls to every single job. Banks, however, seem to have application ratios of between 100 and 200 to one for entry-level positions, suggesting that banking jobs are highly achievable by comparison.
Despite the strong chances that your application to Google will be one of the 437 that are binned, it seems there are some jobs that even the world's most ubiquitous technology company struggles to fill. Google's own job site inadvertently reveals which they are. Coincidentally - or not - some seem to be the sorts of jobs open to non-technologists who've spent their careers in banking.
In New York City, for example, Google's been advertising around 70 jobs for at least two months and presumably has yet to find anyone to fill them. They include an agency sales role working with Google's advertising clients, a new business manager, an account strategist and a 'strategic partner developer' to persuade new clients to adopt Google solutions. There are also longstanding vacancies for a sales engineer to work on Google Cloud (including someone to sell Google Cloud to the government) and for data engineers and developers to work on the Cloud product.
In London, Google's just released a stream of new sales vacancies for its Cloud product as per last month's promise to get in front clients by Thomas Kurian, Google Cloud's new CEO. As we noted at the time, these are the sorts of roles that banking technologists can fill. However, they're pretty new and Google is unlikely to be that desperate - yet.
By comparison, there are at least 50 other London jobs that Google's had open for two months or more and presumably also can't find candidates of the right calibre to occupy. These again include various sales roles, an 'analytical consultant' (must have 'experience with analyzing large and complex datasets') an 'entity controller for DeepMind' (must have an accounting qualification) and a 'strategic negotiator' (experience working with C-level clients in a finance context helpful).
Basically, it might be concluded that Google isn't as overwhelmed with talent as is commonly thought. This being the case, it might also be supposed that Google would like to receive applications from bankers with itchy feet - particularly if they have previous experience selling to clients.
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