Fired Google employees vent about not being able to say goodbye to co-workers and feel ‘blinded’ by ‘random’ dismissal

A lot of Google employees had an ordinary day on January 20th before their lives were turned upside down. Some workers have got their job at the tech giant after years of dreaming about itand others were there for more than a decade.

Then suddenly that morning, Google’s parent company, Alphabet, announced that they were going to cut 12,000 jobs. In doing so, it joins a long list of tech companies that have laid off numerous employees in recent months.

What followed was a wave of social media buzz, including professional networking service LinkedIn. Employees wrote of mixed feelings of gratitude, anger, and uncertainty about what came next.

Justin Moore worked at Google for more than 16 years, according to his LinkedIn profile, before he was fired last Friday. He wrote in a post being among those who lost their jobs shows that companies treat employees as “100% disposable”. He also said he hasn’t received any further information beyond an email saying that his role as technical director has been affected by the layoffs.

Another employee, Blair Bolick, a recruiter for the business intern program at Google, wrote about how to objectively report news of layoffs.

“I cannot feel grateful at this time for a company to which I have given so much to myself, but it feels fitting to part ways by locking me (and my 12,000 colleagues) away. from my company account at 4 a.m.,” she wrote in one LinkedIn post.

“I am devastated. I’m sad and angry,” said Bolick, who has been with the company for more than four years.

When employees lose access to company communication channels, it becomes harder for them to part ways with co-workers.

Google product manager, Manas Minglani, who was affected by the layoff Written that he couldn’t say goodbye. Access to his work devices was revoked on the morning of the layoff.

in one TikTok videosNicole Tsai, who served as Google’s program director, said the layoffs were “random” and that employees were “blindfold,” because deciding who stays or gets fired doesn’t seem to be based on performance.

To be sure, layoffs are never easy for the employee or the company doing them.

Google’s most recent quarterly earnings, published in October, fell short of analyst expectations. The company’s management then said it would cut costs and slow hiring in the next quarter.

In an email to employees early Friday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai Written that he “takes full responsibility for the decisions that have led us here.”

“These are key times to strengthen our focus, restructure our cost base, and direct our talent and capital to our highest priorities,” he wrote. .

Google did not respond immediately Asset’s request comment.

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