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Google employees feel ‘100% disposable’ as layoffs hit top performers


Ousted Google employees expressed shock after the corporate included top performers and company veterans in an enormous round of layoffs last week – with impacted employees learning their fate in an early-morning email.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai said he took “full responsibility” for the choice to chop about 12,000 jobs, or greater than 6% of the Google parent’s overall workforce.

The mass of laid-off employees included former Google engineering manager Justin Moore, who revealed in a scathing LinkedIn post that he discovered he was out of a job through an “automated account deactivation at 3am.” Moore had worked at Google for greater than 16 years.

“This also just drives home that work is just not your life, and employers — especially big, faceless ones like Google — see you as 100% disposable. Live life, not work,” Moore said within the post last Friday.

The corporate joined other tech giants, including Microsoft and Amazon, who’ve handed out pink slips during a serious slump inside the tech sector.

Sundar Pichai said he took “full responsibility” for the layoffs.Getty Images

Jeremy Joslin, a software engineer at Google for the last twenty years, described an identical experience.

“It’s hard for me to consider that after 20 years at #Google I unexpectedly discover about my last day via an email,” Joslin wrote on Twitter. “What a slap within the face. I wish I could have said goodbye to everyone head to head.”

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

— Jeremy Joslin (@jcj) January 20, 2023

Alan Skelley, a software engineer with greater than 15 years of service at the corporate, said he unceremoniously lost access to his company accounts in the midst of the night.

“Waking as much as my laptop wiped and corp access cut off seemed a bit harsh, but I assume a disgruntled engineer can rise up to some mischief,” Skelley said. “We do have the nuclear codes and the keys to the death ray laser, I suppose. With layoffs of this scale you’ve gotten to play the numbers game.”

Other ex-Googlers said they never saw the e-mail announcing their layoff before losing access to their accounts, or described learning in regards to the sweeping cuts only after reading initial news reports.

“Today, my 15+ 12 months adventure at Google got here to an unexpected end when bleary eyed and still half asleep I checked my phone and saw a notification that my corporate access expired alongside a NYT notification announcing the layoffs,” wrote senior marketing manager Elizabeth Hart.

The 1000’s of employees caught up within the layoffs included staffers “had previously received high performance reviews or held managerial positions with annual compensation packages of $500,000 to $1 million,” The Information reported, citing managers at the corporate.

The cuts at Alphabet occurred after a dismal stretch that saw the corporate’s stock plunge roughly 30% over the past 12 months. The stock losses outpaced those experienced within the broader market.

In a memo to staffers last Friday, Pichai said the corporate conducted “a rigorous review across product areas and functions to make sure that our people and roles are aligned with our highest priorities as an organization,” including an enhanced deal with artificial intelligence technologies.

“The roles we’re eliminating reflect the end result of that review,” Pichai said. “They cut across Alphabet, product areas, functions, levels and regions.”

Pichai said impacted employees will receive a bunch of advantages, including 16 weeks of severance plus two weeks for annually of service at the corporate.

The Post has reached out to Google for comment.

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