Job applicants flood to Samsung

Samsung is still drawing in applicants by the thousands, but over at Google, disgruntled ex employees are having a good moan.

In fact, according to the Korea Joongang Daily, Samsung’s reputation is so high that around 700 “foreigners” from 47 countries have applied for entry level jobs at the company.

The positions, based in Korea, have attracted nearly five times more than the 130 foreign applicants Samsung saw in 2009.

The CVs flocked in from 22 Asian countries, 11 European regions and six US states. A further six came from Africa and two in the continent of Oceania.

Of the 50,000 people who have applied, including 200 of Chinese nationality, only 4,500 will be hired by Samsung. It will only look at those with English speaking skills and university degrees.

Meanwhile, a former Google employer laid into the company telling anyone who would listen that it had become obsessed with advertising and stealing the social networking reigns from Facebook.

James Whittaker, who left Microsoft in 2009 and went over to Google as a software engineer wrote in a personal blog that under Eric Schmidt all seemed okay. However, when Larry Page got involved it all went to pot. 

He said at Google he was passionate about a technology company that empowered its employees to innovate. However, the Google he left was an advertising company with a “corporate-mandated focus.”

He said that this focus was to “conquer the online social networking realm,” ruled by Facebook. Because Google’s Buzz and Wave attempts had “stumbled”, Mr Whittaker explained that “Larry Page himself assumed command to right this wrong.”

“Social became state-owned, a corporate mandate called Google+,” he continued.

In fact, the company was so intent on becoming a big player in the social networking market it shut down Google Labs and raised App Engine fees. It also stopped a policy that allowed employees to spend 20 percent of their time thinking up unique ideas in a bid to push Google+ firmly into the social networking board. This didn’t work. 

“As it turned out, sharing was not broken,” Mr Whittaker said. “Sharing was working fine and dandy, Google just wasn’t a part of it. Google was the rich kid who, after having discovered he wasn’t invited to the party, built his own party in retaliation.

“The fact that no one came to Google’s party became the elephant in the room.”