A number of ex-Google employees have revealed why they were tempted to move away from the search engine, according to Information Week.

Speaking last week at San Francisco’s Web 2.0 Summit Franck Poisson, David Friedberg, Patrick Keane and Bret Taylor discussed their previous roles at Google and said that their ambitions were too much to keep them in one place.

The Google Alumni Club (GAC) said during a panel discussion that although there were many reasons that the search engine provided a great place to work, the temptation to succeed in their projects was greater than any financial reward.

David Friedberg, currently head of WeatherBill and a key player in the development of AdWords, said that although he had been keen to move on Google was an employer that focussed on hiring people who had more than just a desire to earn money.

"There are certain kinds of people where it’s not about the money. And Google hires those kinds of people," he said.

However, he added that although Google’s founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, were "really down to earth" they would not let the business suffer financially.

"At the end of the day, it is a company and there are products, and you have to deliver the products," he concluded.

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