Matt Cutts, who was once the head of Google’s webspam team, confirmed that his leave of absence from Google is permanent. He has announced that he resigned from Google on 31st December, 2016 and presently serves as the director of engineering for the United States Digital Service (USDS).
Matt Cutts initially went on leave in 2014 at Google. His stint with the USDS was intend to last for only three months. He decided to extend his leave shortly after seeing the impact being made by the USDS. In May 2015, he was replaced in his job by an unnamed individual at Google. Afterward, he again confirmed that he was still on leave with Google.
In mid-2016, Matt started working with the US Digital Service team, making the decision to leave Google for good. He is no longer on leave with Google. He is now the director of engineering of the USDS.
He is working on big problems within the government, instead at Google. Both his jobs impacted hundreds of thousands of people. He is working on fixing some serious issues within the government around data and systems.
Matt Cutts wrote:
Working for the government doesn’t pay as well as a big company in Silicon Valley. We don’t get any free lunches. Many days are incredibly frustrating. All I can tell you is that the work is deeply important and inspiring, and you have a chance to work on things that genuinely make peoples’ lives better. A friend who started working in this space several years ago told me “These last five years have been the hardest and worst and best and most rewarding I think I will ever have.”