It’s been a roller-coaster for the social media and tech world in recent months as numerous businesses have cut cardinal jobs globally. Near the end of 2022, Facebook’s parent business Meta litigated 11,000 layoffs, Snap Inc (the business behind Snapchat) cut its workforce by a fifth, and Twitter almost lost 4,000 employees overnight. Now, the Google Search Relations Team is waiting to hear what will happen to them.
Alphabet, Google’s parent business, announced that it will cut 12,000 jobs globally. The job cut will be around 6% laid off of its workforce. Here is what I know about Alphabet’s decision behind firing so many employees.
Last week Friday (January 20), Sundar Pichal, the CEO of Alphabet and Google, sent out an email to fellow “Googlers” to break the news.
In it he stated the following:
“I have some difficult news to share. We’ve decided to reduce our workforce by approximately 12,000 roles. We’ve already sent a separate email to employees in the US who are affected. In other countries, this process will take longer due to local laws and practices. This will mean saying goodbye to some incredibly talented people we worked hard to hire and have loved working with. I’m deeply sorry for that.
“The fact that these changes will impact the lives of Googlers weighs heavily on me, and I take full responsibility for the decisions that led us here. Over the past two years, we’ve seen periods of dramatic growth. To match and fuel that growth, we hired for a different economic reality than the one we face today.
“I am confident about the huge opportunity in front of us thanks to the strength of our mission, the value of our products and services, and our early investments in AI. To fully capture it, we’ll need to make tough choices.
“So, we’ve undertaken a rigorous review across product areas and functions to ensure that our people and roles are aligned with our highest priorities as a company. The roles we’re eliminating reflect the outcome of that review. They cut across Alphabet, product areas, functions, levels, and regions.”
He continued to thank the laid-off employees for their hard work while stating that as a long-established business, Google is “bound to go through difficult economic cycles”.
Como los demás empleados de Google que trabajan fuera de EEUU, el equipo de Search Relations aún no sabe si continuarán en Google o perderán su empleo. 🙁
Gary Illyes ha informado de la situación en Linkedin. Mando ánimo a
y el resto del equipo.
Translated from Spanish
Like other Google employees working outside the US, the Search Relations team still doesn’t know if they will stay with Google or lose their jobs. 🙁
Gary Illyes has reported the situation on Linkedin. I send encouragement to
@JohnMu @methode @g33konaut and the rest of the team.