Facebook Aggressively Recruiting Top University Talent

Facebook has now reached the 800 employee mark, and is reaching for more. Now that the company is getting big, it’s building out its HR function and is about to begin a 20 university (and 5 B-School) national recruiting tour from which it will hope to bring in dozens more engineers, product managers, and “user operations” specialists.

Facebook will be making the rounds at Stanford, Berkeley, Brown, Caltech, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Georgia Tech, Harvard, MIT, Michigan, NYU, Texas, UCLA, UIllinois, UNC, Washington, Waterloo, and Wisconsin, and the MBA rounds at Berkeley – Haas, Harvard Business School, MIT – Sloan, Northwestern – Kellogg, and Stanford GSB. See the full schedule here.

That’s good news for students who now have another large hot software company to play off offers from the recruiting magnet that is Google. Google has traditionally been known around Silicon Valley for harvesting throes of grads from Stanford and other top schools to run its advertising and development operations. A large number of Facebook employees, including recent executive hires Sheryl Sandberg and Elliot Schrage, have defected from Google over the last year.