Even Google announces a mass layoff: over 12,000 employees at home.
Despite the reassurances at the end of 2022, Google finally announced the layoff of thousands of employees around the world.
Despite the reassurances at the end of 2022, Google finally announced the layoff of thousands of employees around the world. The redundancies affect over 12,000 people. The company initially promised it would simply freeze new hires, arguing that no layoffs were expected.
In a post published on the official Google blog (and which faithfully reproduces a message sent internally to employees), CEO Sundar Pichai explained the reasons for this difficult decision:
I have some bad news to share. We have decided to reduce our headcount by around 12,000 roles. We have already sent a separate email to employees in the United States who have been affected by the transaction.
In other countries, this process will take longer due to local laws and practices. This will mean saying goodbye to some incredibly talented people who we’ve worked hard to recruit to our team and have loved working with. I am very sorry.Advertisement
I know these changes will impact the lives of Google employees, and it weighs on my heart. I take full responsibility for it: in the last two years we have witnessed an unprecedented period of growth. To adapt and ride this growth, we have hired a large number of people. But these were assumptions that reflected an economic reality that no longer exists and is therefore very different from the one we are forced to face today.
The news closely follows other colossal personnel cuts announced by several other large tech companies, including Microsoft ( over 10 thousand ) and Amazon ( over 18 thousand ).