Google parent Alphabet knocks off hundreds of associates from HR team

Hundreds of members of Google's hiring staff who assisted in employee hiring are being let go as of right now.

In response to the tech giant’s ongoing hiring slowdown, Google parent Alphabet announced on Wednesday that it is cutting staff from its global recruiting division.

A small number of people will be let go by the company; there won’t be a large-scale layoff, and a sizable portion of the team will be kept around to fill important jobs. The personnel would be able to look for jobs both inside and outside the organisation with its assistance.

Tech layoffs may have finally come to an end just a month ago, according to reports. However, Google’s parent company and layoffs continue to occur in the computer industry.

Major internet companies like Amazon, Meta, and Microsoft stated earlier this year that they would be laying off thousands of workers, which made the employment market for tech professionals more competitive. Even though the pace of the layoffs has now decreased, they are still ongoing. In 2023, tech companies will have let go of 2.26 lakh workers, according to research from AltIndex.


Job cuts at Google

In a same vein, when Google revealed in January of this year that it would be laying off 12,000 employees, the news created quite a commotion in the sector. After all, the IT giant is the ideal workplace for many techies and is renowned for providing the best benefits to its employees.


A few months later, said that as they started incorporating the Waze mapping app into their Google maps products, they would be terminating staff members in that department. Chris Philips, the manager of Geo division, sent an email to all staff informing them of the decision to lay off workers.

Regarding the Waze layoffs, Google had told Reuters in a statement, “In order to create a better, more seamless long-term experience for Waze advertisers, we’ve begun transitioning Waze’s existing advertising system to Google Ads technology. As part of this update, we’ve reduced those roles focused on Waze Ads monetisation.” 

Following the wave of layoffs, many Google employees turned to LinkedIn to offer their perspectives on working there. While some loved working at the computer behemoth, others thought the layoffs issue might have been handled more effectively. Even some former Google employees expressed their displeasure with the way the layoffs scenario was handled in an open letter to CEO Sundar Pichai.

Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google, had remarked upon announcing the layoffs 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.”

A former employee of Alphabet who recently lost her job posted on LinkedIn, “I struggle making this post but unfortunately today I got laid off at my dream company.” A technical recruiter in Seattle stated, “I loved to tell people I worked at Google.”

The business has cut 6% of its workers. The business claimed that their choice to fire a small number of workers—about 300—was not related to a larger round of layoffs. It also stated that it will aid employees in looking for jobs both inside and outside the organisation.

The latest tech layoffs have worried and greatly saddened workers in the industry.

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Dr. Shubhangi Jha

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