Robert Greene, the founder and CEO of Silicon Valley-based GreeneSearch Inc, specializes in recruiting hands-on talent for technology-focused companies, primarily startups. He provided his perspective on the current boom in technology hiring.
Q: How would you characterize the tech hiring market now?
A: It’s very competitive right now. It’s been like that for a while; it’s probably heated up even more of late. You have the bigger companies – Groupon, Zynga, Google, LinkedIn, companies that have been proven and successful – and then you have all these startups.
The supply doesn’t meet the demand.
Q: Is there an advantage to being a small company?
A: The advantage they have over those (big) companies is that they can move really quickly. They’ll do everything in a day and make an offer and hope that person will accept right away before they get into the bigger companies. Those are their selling points. They have to move quickly, they have to be agile, have to have the compelling story, have to give equity, along with competitive salaries.
Q: Do you think we’re heading toward another tech bubble like we saw in 2000?
A: I’ve been recruiting for seven years. I know back in the boom companies were offering cars and huge bonuses and stuff to attract engineers, and that’s not happening.
I’m seeing real money – I’ve heard that Google is making huge counter offers, real money.
Q: How many offers are your top engineers getting?
A: I had a guy out of Amazon in Seattle who had three offers. We’re seeing multiple offers. I had one instance where an offer was signed and Google countered and made him a huge offer back and he stayed at Google.