Google has notified its employees that the number of promotions to higher positions this year will be lower than in previous years. Google has also introduced a new performance review system called Google Reviews and Development (GRAD), which will lead to more low performance ratings and fewer high marks.
The move also comes in place as the company plans to ensure that the number of people in leadership positions grows proportionally to the company’s overall growth. Similar to other major tech firms, Google has a significant number of middle managers. This has affected the company’s ability to effectively launch products, as shown by internal survey results from last year.
In an email seen by CNBC and Insider, the company explained that the promotion process will primarily be managed by managers and will be similar to last year’s process. However, due to the slower pace of hiring, Google anticipates that fewer employees will be promoted to L6 (the initial senior level) and higher. L6 is generally the first level of senior staff and is typically comprised of individuals with roughly ten years of experience.
The email also stated that if an employee’s manager believes they are ready for a promotion, they will be nominated. However, technical workers who wish to self-nominate will have a brief period from March 6-8 to do so.
Google is also trying to reduce costs due to slower growth and concerns about a recession. As a result, the company has slowed its hiring and announced plans in January to lay off about 12,000 employees, which amounts to approximately 6 per cent of its workforce.
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