Apple has started recruiting people that have worked on the Google Maps team. As you are probably aware, Apple started using their own Maps product on iOS 6, the operating system that ships with the iPhone 5. Apple is working with recruiters to hire away Google Maps employees that helped developer the product on contract. Interestingly, many of those people want to join Apple too. They see it as a way to build something new rather than carrying on doing “tedious updates” according to a source with TechCrunch.
The TechCrunch source is a contractor that worked on Google Maps as part of a way to integrate Street View and work with third-party data to improve the European coverage of the product. Ever since Google started turning to indoor mapping, things seemed less interesting at Google Maps and the staff started looking around for other opportunities. This is what the TechCrunch source had to say:
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.