The staff at Google have long lauded the company’s work perks, from freshly-made meals in its cafes to in-house massage therapists. But the dark clouds of economic recession have cast their shadow over the tech behemoth — with masseuses among those included in the company’s biggest ever round of job cuts.
January 20, Google, which is owned by Alphabet, confirmed it would be axing 12,000 jobs — roughly 6% of its workforce — after rumors about layoffs had swirled for months. Many employees lost their jobs after they couldn’t access the corporate system.
In filings submitted on the same day, it was revealed that 15% of the cuts — 1,845 positions — would come in Google’s home state of California. The state has released the following filings: viewed by CNBCIn total, 1,436 job losses were made in Google’s headquarters of Mountain View, 119 cuts were in YouTube’s home of San Bruno, while Palo Alto saw 53 cuts. Los Angeles saw 177 job losses, while Irvine lost 60.
Although a significant propOdertion of the jobs — around a quarter — announced in the West Coast hub had titles including the words “director” or “senior”A raft of masseuses also were laid off. There were 27 cuts. therapists In total, there were 24 people at the headquarters and three each in Los Angeles or Irvine.
It was also added: “Employee separations at the facilities resulting from this action are expected to commence March 31, 2023.” Google Responded not right away The Sunday Review‘s request for comment outside of U.S. work hours; a company spokesperson previously told news outlets that the March date is due to the notification period required in California.
Sundar Pichai (CEO) announced that employees would be paid in the first announcement. full notification period — a minimum of 60 days — as well as a severance package starting at 16 weeks salary plus two weeks for every additional year at Google2022 Vacation time and bonuses will also be paid. There will also six months of health, job placement and immigrant support.
Pichai made the announcement for one of the “toughest days” It is the most recent update for the company.
“As an almost 25-year-old company, we’re bound to go through difficult economic cycles. These are important moments to sharpen our focus, reengineer our cost base, and direct our talent and capital to our highest priorities,” He concluded.
“Being constrained in some areas allows us to bet big on others. The pivot of the company’s AI-first status years back led to breakthrough improvements across all our businesses, and in the entire industry. Those early investments were a major factor in our success. Google’s products are It’s better than ever. And we’re getting ready to share some entirely new experiences for users, developers and businesses, too. AI is a significant opportunity for us in all of our products. are Prepare to tackle it with courage and responsibility.
“All this work is a continuation of the ‘healthy disregard for the impossible’ that’s been core to our culture from the beginning. When I look around Google today, I see that same spirit and energy driving our efforts. That’s why I remain optimistic about our ability to deliver on our mission, even on our toughest days.”
Google’s move comes amid a raft of tech layoffs, with Spotify Technology filing Monday that it will cut about 6% of its employees, joining a slew of technology companies from Amazon to Meta Platforms in announcing job cuts to lower costs.
Pichai has taken financial losses after the announcement. He confirmed that the Company’s senior vice president and other roles were now in jeopardy. “very significant reduction in their annual bonus.” Business Insider reported Pichai stated that compensation for top-ranking positions was tied to company performance.
It was not immediately clear how big Pichai’s own pay cut would be.
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