Google Employees Petition CEO Sundar Pichai Over Job Cuts

1,367 workers signed the letter, which called for priority rehiring for laid-off Google employees and for furloughed employees to return to the office before being fired.

1,367 workers signed the letter, which called for priority rehiring for laid-off Google employees and for furloughed employees to return to the office before being fired.
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Google employees are unhappy with how CEO Sundar Pichai has handled the company’s ongoing layoffs. Around 1,400 employees then signed a letter addressed to Pichai Google announced it would cut 12,000 jobs in his biggest round of layoffs to date.

As Bloomberg According to reports, Google employees are not happy with the giant corporation Fat reduction by reducing the number of employees. The letter specifically urges Pichai to freeze new hires during the layoff process, to prioritize laid-off Google employees in the hiring process, to protect workers in countries with humanitarian concerns such as Ukraine and Russia, not to lay off employees during scheduled furloughs, and to prevent discrimination during layoffs . At the time of writing, the letter has garnered 1,367 signatures from Googlers.

“The impact of Alphabet’s decision to reduce its workforce is global. Nowhere has the voice of workers been given sufficient consideration, and we know that as workers we are stronger together than alone.” letter reads. “Our company has long promoted its commitment to doing the right thing by its users and employees, and those commitments will show Alphabet it adheres to the last line of its code of conduct: don’t be angry.”

A Google spokesperson declined to comment on the letter in an email to Gizmodo.

Google announced via email to employees back in January that it would lay off 12,000 employees, about 6% of the company’s workforce. Pichai told employees at the time that Google had been aggressively hiring over the past two years as the company experienced (apparently unsustainable) pandemic-led growth and is now feeling the effects of too much inflation. According to a regulation submission in September with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Alphabet’s workforce grew from 150,028 to 186,779 from 2021 to 2022.

These layoffs did not go smoothly, however, as the Google apparently miscalculated the amount of stock some terminated employees would receive. Google has also eliminated its director of mental health and wellbeing, a position intended to improve inner well-being and morale. Suffice it to say that Google employees across the board are taking the layoffs very hard, some in fact Vlogging the experience on TikTok.

Update March 17 5:35pm EST: This article has been updated due to Google’s decision not to comment on the letter.

https://gizmodo.com/google-alphabet-tech-layoffs-sundar-pichai-1850238043 Google Employees Petition CEO Sundar Pichai Over Job Cuts

Zack Zwiezen

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