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'Google hiked employee's offer by 4 times after he decided to join us': Perplexity CEO Aravind Srinivas

Jaya Vishwakarma
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Imagine this: You're trying to hire a super smart person for your cool new tech project, but then Google swoops in and says, "Hey, we'll pay you four times more to stay with us." That's exactly what happened to the boss of Perplexity AI, Aravind Srinivas.

In a recent podcast named 'Big Technology', Perplexity AI CEO Aravind Srinivas said that he once tried to hire a Google employee. However, the Sundar Pichai-led company retained him by offering the four times of his salary. 

The podcast host Alex Kantrowitz took to X (formerly Twitter) to share a video from his podcast where the Perplexity AI CEO shares this particular experience. 

“‘The moment he told them he's going to join us, they quadrupled his offer’ - Perplexity CEO Aravind Srinivas on recruiting from Google (k, here's the video),” Kantrowitz wrote sharing the video that shows him conversing with Srinivas.


In the video, Srinivas said, “There was one amazing candidate that I tried to recruit from Google. This candidate used to work in the… I mean he still works there… like in the Google search team, it’s not with the AI people. And, the moment he told them that he is gonna join us, they quadrupled his offer".

Watch the video below

Netizens reactions

While Srinivas' experience wasn't unique, netizens found the story quite intriguing, sparking lively discussions and reactions on X.

"He is probably exaggerating, they quadrupled offer of a search pa eng!! Unless the eng is L9+ AND has significant patents/work in search/kr, I don't see why Google will quadruple salaries. There is no lack of quality L6s and L7s at google. Goog is stingy with salaries," a user named gemeine holly wrote.