The SF Chronicle profiles some of the 900+ Google employees who became instant millionaires, once Google became public.
New found financial freedom and the loss of the “I mean something here” mentality, makes it difficult for Google to retain many of it’s most experienced employees.
Financial freedom gave the former Googlers in this article wide latitude in deciding what to do with their lives. The reasons for leaving are many: Alack of new challenges, ambivalence about the company’s growth and a desire for a career change are just a few.
It’s interesting to see what’s left in life, after working for arguably the best company in the U.S.