This was an article that caught my eye when I saw it in The Washington Post...but as I read on I realised that this should have been a surprise to nobody especially Google.
The reason I say that is because whist Google is a very technical company it is producing products for people that are definitely NOT technical and this is woven in to the very fabric of the company and its products. It also should be noted that in large enterprises the greatest value (and the greatest salaries) are rewarded not to the greatest technical genius or to the best salesperson, but to the best managers.
Andrew Carnegie, the richest man in the world, once said "I know nothing about the mining, the production, the distribution or the marketing of steel, but my team know EVERYTHING about the mining, production, distribution..."
I guess it means that despite the bluster. Google sees value in soft skills, people skills...and experience!
Could it be that top Google employees were succeeding despite their technical training, not because of it?