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Facebook Plans To Hire 9,400 More Employees By 2017

Social networking giant Facebook plans to fill-up its recently acquired Menlo Park campus by hiring 9,400 more employees by 2017.

According to Mercury News (opens in new tab), city documents have revealed that the company plans to step-up its hiring process and will eventually fill the new campus to its full capacity by 2017.

Facebook, the world’s largest social network with more than 500 million users worldwide, currently employs 2,000 people around the world with 1,400 in its current Palo Alto headquarters.

The company had made news when it had acquired the 57 acre Menlo Park campus which previously belonged to Sun Microsystems.

Facebook also purchased a 22 acre plot right next to the Menlo Park campus. According to the Mercury News article, Facebook will call the 22 acre campus as Facebook West Campus while the bigger campus will be its east campus.

“It is dangerous, but they clearly recognize the threat of not growing, which is seeing their business go to Google or some new upstart," said Rob Enderle, an analyst with the Enderle Group, in a statement (opens in new tab) to Computer World.

"They have the potential to back up this kind of numbers, but I'm worried that they haven't really locked down their [long-term strategy] yet and that they may be doing more harm than good at this pace." he added.

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