Google Employees Still Concerned About Job Security Following Massive Layoffs

Employees at Google were concerned about when they might be laid off after seeing coworkers at other tech companies lose their jobs in large numbers. On Friday morning, several of them were unable to access their business accounts.

The Google-owned business Alphabet eventually made the decision to lay off 12,000 workers, or 6% of its staff. Employees spoke of a change that was mostly impersonal but orderly, conveyed primarily via the technological products they helped create, and without any clear explanations for why certain people were included or excluded from the layoffs wave.

Google Employees Were Uncertain About Their Jobs Due to Unspecified Method of Announcements

Emails sent to personal accounts were used by some to learn they had lost their employment. The surviving employees began communicating with their coworkers on message service Google Chat to check whether it worked since there was no central method to know whose responsibilities had been abolished. An employee of Google who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not permitted to talk to the media said that if it wasn’t, it indicated that individual had been fired. 

To keep in contact, former employees congregated on chat services like Discord and Slack

It’s hard for me to believe that after 20 years at #Google. I unexpectedly find out about my last day via an email. What a slap in the face. I wish I could have said goodbye to everyone face to face.

-Jeremy Joslin (Victim of the Layoffs) 

The highly regarded artificial intelligence teams of the corporation looked to have generally avoided harm. Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai explained the layoffs in a memo to employees as a method for the firm to narrow its emphasis on artificial intelligence. However, Area 120, a company-owned incubator for fresh concepts, was destroyed. According to two persons with knowledge of the situation, the managing partner of the unit and staff on three projects that were supposed to be merged into Google were spared, but almost all other employees were let go.

According to Keith Chaney, a member of Google’s partnerships strategy team for roughly a year, there was a feeling of dread among Googlers over the prospect of layoffs, particularly when other major firms began to announce staff reductions in recent weeks. 

I wasn’t super shocked. There was a looming thought that it could happen. I just didn’t know to what extent and when.

-Keith Chaney 

Just one month into the new year, and the IT industry has already seen significant changes. Every major firm has cut staff in order to reevaluate their efficiency tactics for the next year, which may have something to do with the current state of the world economy. All we can do is wait and hope that things get better.

Source: Bloomberg


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