Google lays off staff to streamline operations

Alex Omenye
Alex Omenye

Alphabet-owned Google is implementing layoffs affecting an undisclosed number of employees, a company spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday.

This move marks the latest in a series of cost-cutting measures at the technology giant. The spokesperson clarified that the layoffs are not company-wide and that affected employees will have the opportunity to apply for internal positions. However, specific details regarding the number of employees impacted and the affected teams were not provided.

A portion of the affected roles will be relocated to key hubs where the company is increasing investment, including locations such as India, Chicago, Atlanta, and Dublin.

These layoffs come amid a broader trend of job reductions within Google and across the tech and media industry this year, reflecting ongoing economic uncertainty.

The spokesperson noted that various teams within Google have been restructuring to enhance efficiency, streamline operations, and align resources with key product priorities since the latter half of 2023 and continuing into 2024.

Employees in several of Google’s real estate and finance departments have been affected by the layoffs, Business Insider reported. This includes finance teams such as Google’s treasury, business services, and revenue cash operations.

Ruth Porat, Google’s finance chief, reportedly communicated in an email to staff that the restructuring efforts involve expanding growth initiatives to locations like Bangalore, Mexico City, and Dublin.

This round of layoffs follows a previous one in January, during which Google released hundreds of workers across various teams, including engineering, hardware, and assistant teams, as part of its strategic focus on investment and the development of artificial intelligence offerings.

Reports suggest that CEO Sundar Pichai had forewarned employees at the beginning of the year to anticipate further job cuts.

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