We happened to be talking the other night, and he was describing the process known as Allocation. As I understand it, it goes something like this:
- You interview at Google. You do well, you like Google, they like you, you have the right stuff, and they make you an offer.
- You accept.
- This process is being repeated, simultaneously, with dozens of other individuals (Google are now quite a large organization). So you become part of a pool of talent who are all entering Google at the same time.
- Every so often (monthly? bi-weekly?), Google convene the Allocation Review Board, comprised of some set of HR personnel, together with the hiring managers of various projects who have budget ("open reqs").
- The Allocation Review Board sit and study the available talent in this pool. Each project has a certain amount of "points" to spend; they discuss things somewhat, then they each "bid" on the incoming fresh meat.
- This information is then entered into a computer, possibly along with the results of a questionnaire you've completed about yourself. An algorithm then crunches the data, and performs the allocations.
- Your precise position, including your title, job description, chosen team/manager, and initial project(s), are now known, and you are informed.
- You show up for your new job!
When my friend described this process to me, I was aghast, horrified. It sounded paternalistic and demeaning; I am not a number! Is it just my age? Do all companies do this nowadays? Am I misunderstanding the process?
Has anyone been through this, and willing to share their experience? I'd love to learn more...