Google laid off hundreds of employees across multiple divisions Wednesday night to cut costs as it focuses on artificial intelligence and joined the ranks of other companies that have cut tech jobs this year.
The Silicon Valley company laid off employees of its core engineering division, as well as three people who worked on Google Assistant, a voice-powered virtual assistant, and the hardware division that makes Pixel phones, Fitbit watches and Nest thermostats. Said knowledge of deduction.
Several hundred employees in the company’s main engineering organization lost corporate access and received notices that their roles had been eliminated, the two people said.
According to the text reviewed by The New York Times, the company told some employees in the division, “We have had to make some difficult decisions about the ongoing employment of certain Google employees and we regret to tell you that your positions have been terminated.” Is going.”
Google confirmed support cuts, first reported by Semafor, and hardware layoffs, first reported by the blog 9to5Google.
“We are investing responsibly in our company’s biggest priorities and the important opportunities ahead,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement. Following the cuts in the second half of 2023, “some teams are continuing to make these types of organizational changes, including eliminating certain roles globally.”
The trend of tech layoffs continues, after big companies like Google, Meta and Amazon laid off thousands of employees last year. Ten days later this year, more companies have announced job cuts. Earlier on Wednesday, Amazon laid off hundreds of employees from its Twitch streaming service, Prime Video and MGM Studios. Xerox said this month it would cut 15 percent of its 23,000-person workforce, and video game software provider Unity Software said it would eliminate 1,800 roles, or 25 percent of its workforce.
At Google, Chief Executive Sundar Pichai has pressed the company to sharpen its focus and reduce expenses through July 2022 as global economic conditions worsen. In January 2023, Google laid off 6 percent of its workforce, or 12,000 people, in the largest layoff ever by the company. Since then, company executives have said they will attempt to reduce costs significantly as it focuses on the growing field of generic artificial intelligence.
Google, which had 182,000 employees as of Sept. 30, said Wednesday’s layoffs were part of a set of restructuring measures that were done in the normal course of business.
The Alphabet Workers Union, a group representing more than 1,400 employees at Google’s parent company Alphabet, called the layoffs “unnecessary.”
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mike isaac Contributed to the reporting.