Apple is aggressively hiring Google employees for it’s Maps application
Apple’s new Google Maps rival on iOS 6 has gained a lot of media attention in the past few weeks and most to it has been negative due to it not being a finished product. Now TechCrunch reports that Apple is going after experienced Google employees who helped in shaping Google’s Maps to what it is today. Apple is aggressively hiring individuals who can help it make it’s Maps app in iOS, and possibly Maps app for Mac in the future relevant.
According to the report many Google employees are actually willing to accept that offer as they consider it more challenging to work on a new product with a new company rather than working on the same finished product that Google Maps is. Many Google Mappers don’t like the current ‘indoor’ mapping initiative of Google Maps, finding it less interesting. According to a contractor who has worked for Google Maps on major projects many on Google’s team were actually already looking for other opportunities before Apple started to approach them.
Here’s what the anonymous source told TC
“Many of my coworkers at Google Maps eventually left when their contracts ended or on their own accord. One guy looked around for other GIS work and ended up at Apple when a recruiter contacted him. He had heard rumors for a while that Apple was going to develop its own in-house mapping platform, and given his experience at Google, he was an easy hire. Apple went out of their way to bring him down to Cupertino and he’s now paid hansomly as a GIS Analyst. Another coworker that was a project lead at Google Maps, left for the East Coast after his contract ended, and was recently contacted by an Apple recruiter. The position sounds like a product development manager position, and will pay him $85k+ and all the moving expenses from the East Coast. He’s gone through 2 rounds of interview and seems like a frontrunner to land that position.”
Although Apple is far behind Google when it comes to Maps, it is not impossible for a company as big as Apple to implement the Maps rightly and compete with Google Maps, that has held the monopoly for Global mapping from many years.