When talking about Google applications, we’re usually talking about the Apple/Android battle and the struggle for a dominant number of applications. After all, not only is it one of the more active areas for development in both companies, but Google has stated that they will be focusing on developing even more internal applications — and that they were hiring dozens of employees to do just that. Those “dozens” are just a small portion of the more than 6,000 employees Google intends to hire this year, and when Google announced those figures, they received plenty of attention. So, today, when we discuss Google being flooded with applications, we’re talking about full-resuméd, cover letter equipped, job application CVs.
According to the Telegraph, Google received over 75,000 applications within a week of making their announcement that their hiring in 2011 would break previous company records. The number of applications alone was sufficient to break records; the previous high count for monthly applications was set in May of 2007, when roughly 65,000 applicants had their go at becoming a Googler.
In addition to the obvious appeal of working for such a powerful company at a high wage on important projects in a growing field, Google has a strong reputation for being a great place to work. In the Fortune Magazine report on the “100 Best Companies to Work For,” Google ranked at number four. Google is also famed for its “20% time,” a segment of time given to employees to work in an essentially autonomous way on innovative new projects that spring entirely from their own imagination.
There’s no doubt that Google is on the hunt, having expanded and added offices around the world. “We’re looking for top talent,” stated Alan Eustace, the SVP of Engineering and Research. “We’ll hire as many smart, creative people as we can to tackle some of the toughest challenges in computer science.”