Employees at Google Panic after Long-Tenured and newly Promoted Employees are Laid Off
By Urvashi Arya#Googlelayoffs
Google employees claimed they unintentionally lost access when the business announced a layoff.
Workers have organized to find out who has been let go and are seeking explanations from management.
The company's management must deal with the remaining vocal workforce base.
As the firm undertakes a massive round of layoffs, Google employees seek clarification from management and their peers.
Google, owned by Alphabet, revealed on Friday that it was laying off 12,000 workers, or about 6% of its full-time workforce. While staff members were prepared for a possible layoff, they now challenge management about the layoff criteria that stunned several staff members, who woke up to discover their access to corporate properties barred. Some of the laid-off workers had received recent promotions or long tenures.
Prabhakar Raghavan, head of Google's search division, issued an email to staff shortly after CEO Sundar Pichai's initial message to them on Friday morning, stating he too feels "the duty to reach out" and requesting that they save their questions for a town hall meeting on Monday. As the organization pushes through with the layoffs, there will be "bumps on the road," according to Raghavan.
Employees have complained that the company's FAQ regarding the layoffs, which CNBC has seen, could be more specific on several points. To find out who has been let go and why, employees have swamped Dory, the company's question-and-answer platform, and created online communities. Managers have instructed employees to save their questions for the town hall.
An inquiry for comment from Google has yet to receive a response.
The scramble draws attention to the difficulties Google may encounter in sustaining a positive workplace culture for its restless workforce of more than 160,000 full-time workers. Further alterations could result from the company's intention to terminate some international employees. Still, it has yet to be decided which ones.
A Discord channel named Google post-layoffs was created by more than 5,000 laid-off workers, with themes ranging from ranting to labor organization and immigration difficulties. Some staff members set up Google meetings virtually. Others attempted to plan in-person gatherings.
Some people used the organization's internal meme maker to communicate with one another, find solace, and find answers.
Mila Kunis from the movie "Friends with Benefits" was included in one meme. The unfortunate part is, I genuinely thought you were different, Kunis said in a sentence directed at the Google logo. Another parody had the caption "Leadership pay cut" and included the late President Bill Clinton waving the number "zero."
According to Parul Koul, executive chair of Alphabet Workers Union-CWA, "Alphabet leadership claims 'full responsibility' for this decision, but that is scant consolation to the 12,000 workers who are now without jobs." "A firm that generated $17 billion in profit in the last quarter alone is acting atrociously and inappropriately."