Which top company pays executives to keep them at company even when they're not leading anything ?

Google has a secret bench program that keeps executives at company even when they're not leading anything 

Google's bench of veteran executives and engineers is deep and packed with familiar faces, and it's no accident. The Internet company's obsession with prized engineers and product gurus, and its competitive instinct to keep them away from rivals, means that certain executives can essentially rotate out of an active role for months or even years at a time, often getting paid to wait until the organisation needs them again. 

Some of those veteran faces are back in the spotlight. Omid Kordestani, Google's first sales boss, was called back to active duty last year to oversee the business after the abrupt departure of chief business officer Nikesh Arora. 

Brian McClendon, one of the early forces responsible for the popular maps product, has been in a quiet limbo for more than six months after leaving his post at the helm of the maps team last Fall. McClendon is a "towering figure" within Google and is currently "on the bench" as he figures out his next move, people close to the company say. 

Meanwhile, Salar Kamangar, one of Google's first 15 employees and the former head of YouTube, technically has the senior vice president of products title, though his actual role now involves advising CEO Larry Page, according to a recent report on The Information. 


The bench system is a little discussed but effective strategic tactic in Google's playbook as the company looks to expand into new markets and to keep an edge over a growing crop of web challengers that are all desperate for seasoned Internet business experts. 

"It helps keep people off the market. It helps keep the institutional knowledge if you need them back for any reason. And it costs [Google] so little to retain these people rather than to have them leave and start the next Facebook," says one former Google executive.