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Google Crisis: Around 1000 staffs laid off

Google Crisis: Around 1000 staffs laid offGoogle’s post-pandemic reckoning has taken a comparable toll on the company’s core engineering and Google Assistant teams, in addition to the Google Hardware team in charge of the Pixel, Nest, and Fitbit product lines. Google has confirmed layoffs of about a thousand employees, as it just confirmed to The Verge that it has eliminated “a few hundred” roles in each of these divisions.

And those are only the cuts we know about. When The Verge questioned Google representative Courtenay Mencini about whether this was the total number of jobs being cut in this round of layoffs, she stopped responding and just confirmed the reports already available on 9to5Google and Semafor. The New York Times also covered the layoffs in the engineering team.

Mencini did not disclose the other layoffs when we spoke with her earlier this evening regarding the Google hardware layoffs. However, she did write that “some teams are continuing to make these kinds of organizational changes, which include some role eliminations globally” and that “a number of our teams made changes to become more efficient and work better.”

There might be more, and it’s plausible that Google is trying to drip-feed the bad news rather than deliver it all at once.

As of 30 September 2023, Google’s parent company, Alphabet, employed 182,381 people; therefore, a thousand job cuts would represent less than 0.5 percent of the company’s workforce. Numerous layoffs are occurring in the tech industry.


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