At one point, everyone in Silicon Valley wanted to work for Microsoft. Eventually, the trend shifted towards Google. Now, the majority of the top talent is heading to Facebook. The technology giants are fighting a talent war, and Facebook is winning it.
Over the last two years, Facebook has been stealing employees from Microsoft, Google, Apple, LinkedIn, and Yahoo, according to TopProspect (via The Washington Post). TopProspect looked at its user base of employees changing jobs and realized that not only was Facebook stealing employees from the other five companies, it was doing so at a ratio much higher than it was losing employees to them. In fact, Facebook has hired 8.1 employees for every individual that has left.
For every employee Google managed to hire away from Facebook, the social networking giant stole 15.5 people from Google. For every employee Microsoft managed to hire away from Facebook, the social networking giant stole 30.5 people from Microsoft. Apple's losing ratio to Facebook was 11 to 1, LinkedIn's was 2 to 1, and Yahoo's was 10.5 to 1.
This data was actually first posted in June, but I couldn't find an update, and I doubt the situation has changed very much over the current quarter. The trend won't last forever, so the question is: what company will be next to take first place in talent?
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