Google has been recognized by its employees and other companies for the employment benefits it has offered for years, that is, a unique corporate culture. From the capsules to rest, to food complete free three times a day and even massages. The company has done everything possible to take care of its collaborators. However, this is over. The economic downturn has caught up with the tech giant: massage therapists are included in the mass layoff of jobs.
On January 20, Google, which is owned by alphabet, confirmed that it would eliminate 12,000 jobs, about 6% of its workforce. Some employees realized they lost their jobs when they couldn’t access corporate systems and are asking for clarity in decisions. But, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Googledefended the layoffs: it was necessary to avoid a “much worse” problem.
The company revealed that 15% of the cuts (1,845 positions) would be concentrated in California, Google’s home state. However, offices in other US cities were not spared from layoffs. In official documents seen by CNBCthey explain that 1,436 jobs cut at Google’s Mountain View headquarters, 119 at YouTube’s home in San Bruno, while in Palo Alto there were 53 cuts. In The Angels177 people lost their jobs, and irvin saw 60 jobs eliminated.
Although most of the lost jobs, about a quarter, had titles that included the words “director” or “senior,” they also they laid off a lot of masseurs. That is to say, cuts included 27 total therapists24 in the central office and three in Los Angeles and Irvine.
“Benefits” for those who will leave their career at Google
Google CEO Sundar Pichai said laid-off Alphabet employees will receive:
- Severance pay equal to 16 weeks salary
- An additional two weeks for each year they have worked with Google
- Six months of medical care
- Job placement services
- Immigration support for employees whose visa was sponsored by Google
Pichai added that these will be the “toughest days” for the company to date.
As a company of almost 25 years, we are bound to go through difficult economic cycles. These are important times to sharpen our focus, reshape our cost base, and direct our talent and capital toward our top priorities.
“Being limited in some areas allows us to bet big in others”, added the CEO. Therefore, we can deduce that massages are indeed not a priority.
Massive layoffs in the tech sector
Google’s move comes amid a series of massive layoffs in the tech sector. For example, from Spotify which will eliminate around 6% of its collaborators, bytedance the owner of TikTok, Microsoft, Snapchat, Twitter, HP, IBM, Intel, didiuntil Amazon Y Goal, by announcing job cuts to reduce costs. The only one of the greats that has been saved from letting their employees go is Manzana.
Pichai himself also took a financial hit after the news, when he confirmed that all positions above senior vice president level at the company face a “significant reduction in their annual bonus.” However, it’s not yet clear how big the CEO’s pay cut would be.
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