12,000 people to lose jobs at Alphabet, Google

In an email to the employees, Sundar Pichai took full responsibility for the actions that led to the layoffs

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Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google, announced plans to reduce its workforce by 6 per cent. This means that around 12,000 people working at the Company will lose their jobs.

Impacted employees in the US have already been informed but those in the other countries will be informed in due course of time, keeping in mind the local laws and practices.

In an email to the employees, Sundar Pichai, CEO, Alphabet, wrote, “We’ve undertaken a rigorous review across product areas and functions to ensure that our people and roles are aligned with our highest priorities as a company. The roles we’re eliminating reflect the outcome of that review. They cut across Alphabet, product areas, functions, levels and regions.”

In the US, employees have been given a notice period of 60 days, and they will be paid full salary for this interim period.

In addition, the Company will also pay a severance package which includes 16 weeks or 4 months’ salary. Besides, employees will get a salary for two weeks for every additional year they have spent at Google.

Affected employees will also be paid bonuses for 2022 and the remaining vacation time.

The Company has also promised to offer six months of healthcare, job placement services, and immigration support for those affected.

However, for employees outside the US including India, local laws and practices will be followed for the severance package.

Pichai also wrote, “As an almost 25-year-old company, we’re bound to go through difficult economic cycles. These are important moments to sharpen our focus, reengineer our cost base, and direct our talent and capital to our highest priorities.”

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