To expand its talent pool to further expand its business, TikTok, the short video app platform, is attracting employees from Us tech giants such as Google and Facebook. In fact, last year, several of TikTok’s executives were from Google and Facebook. To expand its global presence, TikTok has been ramping up hiring for u.S. tech giants on both sides of the Atlantic.
Despite threats from senior U.S. government officials to ban TikTok, Tiktok announced this week that it plans to hire 10,000 people in the U.S. over the next three years. The company’s largest offices in the United States are located in Mountain View, California, and New York.
So far, TikTok has employed 1,400 people in the United States. Dozens of those employees are from Song and Facebook, including several high-profile executives.
TikTok and Facebook declined to comment on the news, while Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the media.
Globally, TikTok employs 172 former Google employees and 165 former Facebook employees, according to analysis by LinkedIn, a workplace social platform. In the U.S., 79 of TikTok’s employees have worked at Google in the past, and 79 have worked for Facebook in the past. Some of the employees hired by TikTok left Google and Facebook a few years ago, but many of them recently joined TikTok after exiting the two Silicon Valley companies. TikTok has become very popular in the past year.
TikTok’s hiring of people such as Blake Chandlee, who was Facebook’s vice president of global partnerships on the eve of his hiring, is a concern. After more than 12 years at Facebook, Chandler was hired by TikTok as vice president of TikTok’s global business solutions, based in New York.
In addition, Chen-Lin Lee left Facebook last year to join TikTok, where he now serves as TikTok’s partnership business director. He worked for Facebook for nine years before joining TikTok, where as a company before Google.
TikTok is also hiring professionals from U.S. tech giants to help expand its U.S. business. Kim Louie, who was Facebook’s recruitment manager until March, is now The head of talent recruitment at TikTok, based in New York. Prior to working for Facebook, Louis worked at Google in the recruitment of technical talent.
Raymond Chen, who worked in the new York office of Google, left last month to become part of TikTok’s talent team, which is a job recruiting for cybersecurity technology.
In Europe, TikTok is engaged in similar recruitment. Recently, a senior Facebook employee joined TikTok.
Trevor Johnson has joined TikTok this year as head of Marketing and Global Business Solutions for TikTok europe. Prior to joining TikTok, Johnson was The Marketing Director of EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) on Instagram, where he spent 11 years on Facebook.
Theo Bertram, Google’s senior manager of public policy in Europe, left in December to join TikTok, where he now heads European government relations and public policy.
David Hoctor, who worked on Facebook’s global account team in London, joined TikTok in April 2019 to build a partnership between TikTok and the brand.
None of the people involved were willing to comment to the media regarding the recruitment mentioned above.
Fanbytes, which helps brands advertise on social video platforms, told the media that employees from Google and Facebook have experience developing video platform advertising. He said
“TikTok is at a critical point in the upswing in advertising, opening up to the brand world and they need people who can do the job on this vision.”
In addition, TikTok has hired 57 employees who have worked at Amazon and 40 who have worked at Apple, according to LinkedIn.
So far, TikTok has about 4,658 employees, according to LinkedIn. The company’s parent company, Beijing-based Byte Dance, reported revenues of $17 billion last year and a profit of $3 billion.
ByteDance, which employs more than 60,000 people worldwide so far, said in March that it hoped to have 100,000 employees by the end of the year.
Globally, some u.S. high-tech companies may now be paid more than others.
However, TikTok offers the same high salaries to its employees. TikTok is willing to pay a chief machine learning engineer an annual base salary of $246,000, according to a technology employee who declined to be identified. The technical employee claimed to have been asked to take up the role because of the sensitivity of the discussions and spoke on condition of anonymity.