Days after Technology giant Google announced that it is laying off 12,000 employees, its Chief executive officer (CEO) Sundar Pichai on Tuesday said that it was made to avoid “much worse issues”, reported Bloomberg. During an internal meeting, Pichai reportedly said that he had “consulted with the company’s founders and board in making the decision for 6% cuts”.
“If you don’t act clearly and decisively and early, we can compound the problem and make it much worse. These are decisions I needed to make,” Pichai said, as quoted by Bloomberg.
Earlier on Friday, Pichai sent his employees an email an email to his employees regarding the layoffs citing difficult economic cycles. “I have some difficult news to share. We’ve decided to reduce our workforce by approximately 12,000 roles. We’ve already sent a separate email to employees in the US who are affected. In other countries, this process will take longer due to local laws and practices,” his email read.
It also said that the company had undertaken a rigorous review across product areas and functions to ensure that the people and roles are aligned with the 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,” the email added.
“To the Googlers who are leaving us: Thank you for working so hard to help people and businesses everywhere. Your contributions have been invaluable and we are grateful for them,” it said.
Google began laying off employees amid a big churn in the technology sector. Several other giants including Microsoft, Amazon, Meta, and Twitter are also trimming their workforce.
(With inputs from Bloomberg)