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Google boosted base pay for 4 top execs to $1 million and handed them up to $34 million in stock, weeks after refusing to raise wages to meet inflation

Google CFO Ruth Porat


  • Google has boosted base pay of four top execs to $1 million.
  • Two have are set to be awarded $34 million in stock grants.
  • The move comes weeks after the search giant declined to raise employee pay in line with inflation.

Four Google C-suite executives are set to get a salary bump to $1 million, plus a hefty increase in stock awards.

According to a summary of executive salaries disclosed in SEC filings, the four Google execs — chief financial officer Ruth Porat, senior VP Prabhakar Raghavan, chief business officer Philipp Schindler, and legal chief Kent Walker — will see their annual salaries bumped from $650,000. 

All are also eligible for a $2 million bonus if they help Google to meet its “social and environmental goals” for 2022.

The execs’ total compensation packages are considerably chunkier when taking equity into account. As well as their increased annual pay, the executives were granted millions of dollars’ worth of performance and restricted stock units, which variously vest at different times and depend on the execs sticking around.

According to the filing, Porat and Walker were each granted $23 million total in stock units, and Raghavan and Schindler $34 million total each.

As of December 2019, chief executive Sundar Pichai’s annual base salary comes in at $2 million. He’s eligible for a further $150 million in restricted and performance stock units if he stays at Google and meets certain performance targets.

Google’s finances are in good health following another record quarter in October, raking in revenue of $65.1 billion and almost $20 billion in profit.   

But the move comes just weeks after a December all-hands meeting in which Frank Wagner, Google’s compensation chief, told rank-and-file staff that the company would not be offering any “across-the-board” adjustment in line with inflation, which recently surged in to its highest level in decades.  

“As I mentioned previously in other meetings, when we see price inflation increasing, we also see increases in the cost of labor or market pay rate,” Wagner told employees, according to NBC. “Those have been higher than in the recent past and our compensation budgets have reflected that.”

Insider approached Google for comment. 

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