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One Googler Gets No Cash or Raise; Gets Fired

Earlier this week we learned that Google was putting smiles on the faces of its employees with a $1,000 tax-free bonus as well as a 10 percent salary raise starting in 2011.

Very good news, indeed, except for the guy who leaked the details. Click here for the original story on the upgraded Google compensation packages.

While Google did not confirm that the information was real, it did nothing to deny it in the statement: "While we don't typically comment on internal matters, we do believe that competitive compensation plans are important to the future of the company."

Sadly for the person who leaked the internal memo from Google CEO Eric Schmidt, he or she won't be getting the raise, as they won't be able to even close out 2010 working at the internet company.

CNN Money reports that within hours of the news hitting the internet, Google found the leak and terminated the employee.

For a company that's all about categorizing information for the public's consumption, this was a matter it wanted to keep strictly private.

  • FLanighan
    Sucks to be him
  • jonpaul37
    So, there seems to be a job opening, the question is, if they hired me now, would i get the bonus and the raise?
  • any how the information gets out... even after implementing this bonus and 10% hike... leaking this information didnt cost google any damage... the employee must have been punished by not giving him any hike or bonus... that would have been good.. but firing him for no loss to the company... further more google have some serious things to consider orkut loosing popularity.. gmail going down.. so on...
  • aaron88_7
    Isn't it ironic that a company built on exploiting personal data fired the one guy that exploited their own?
  • killerclick
    I hope he'll soon return to Google HQ in a less official capacity.
  • tsnor
    "Google found the leak and terminated the employee."

    When is the funeral ?
  • thechief73
    CNN Money reports that within hours of the news hitting the internet, Google found the leak and terminated the employee.
    If this is true(having trouble trusting CNN these days) That is one heck of a model for business efficiency.

    Note to self - If I have a good job and want to keep working there, don't leak company secrets or internal memos!

    @vishnusivathej - I do not think Google has too much to worry about these days, business is going quite well for them, they are just trying to get a piece of everyones pie right now.
  • jitpublisher
    Leak private company info to the press, what did he expect? Hope he is back at Google in a less official capacity? Are you serious? He is going to have a tough time finding a job anywhere after this. I certainly wouldn't hire anyone who was fired from his previous position for leaking confidential company information. Better get your Wal Mart greeter skills up to buff, because that is what you are going to be doing the rest of your life.
  • overclockingrocks
    Can't say I disagree with what Google did at all. Nothing wrong with letting the public know AFTER the fact what was done but to leak a confidential memo and expect that you'll get to keep your job? GET REAL!
  • FITCamaro
    Agreed. Now if only our government gave a crap about people leaking confidential information.