Google Spies on Key Employees, Offers Honeypot Deals?

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Consider much of this hearsay, but it’s apparently a good time to be a product employee at Google…as long as you don’t mind a little snooping. TechCrunch reports that the company offered two key employees stock grants worth between $50 and $100 million to keep them at Google, as in before they’d told their employer they were considering leaving.

Anonymous sources told TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington that both Sundar Pichai and Neal Mohan were offered the Chief Product role at Twitter–a role eventually filled by Jack Dorsey–but that both refused when Google offered Pichai $50 million and Mohan $100 million to stay.

Arrington says other sources (also unnamed–see the problem here?) tell him Google knew to make the offers because someone with access to confidential information inside Twitter was leaking info direct to Google–a mole, if you will. While Twitter and Google have so far refrained from commenting on the story, one thing seems certain: If you work at Google and tease your prospects of scoring a distinguished position with a high-profile tech company, it sounds like Google could make it more than worth your while to stick around.

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