Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, has informed the company’s staff that more layoffs are expected this year.
This announcement comes after the company recently laid off over 1,000 workers across various divisions and cut 100 jobs at YouTube. Pichai’s memo to the staff highlighted the need for “tough choices” to achieve the company’s ambitious goals.
The recent layoffs at Google affected multiple teams, including hardware, engineering, ads, and services. Additionally, Fitbit co-founders James Park and Eric Friedman left the organization. Pichai mentioned that these job cuts would not be as extensive as last year’s, where 12,000 people, or 6% of the workforce, were let go.
He acknowledged the difficulty of seeing colleagues and teams impacted.
Pichai stated that many of the changes have already been announced, but some teams will continue to make decisions regarding resource allocation throughout the year. This could mean that some roles may be impacted. The CEO emphasized that the role eliminations would not affect every team.
As part of the reorganization, Google also laid off 100 YouTube staffers. A Google spokesperson explained that these changes were made to position the company better for future opportunities. They were part of efforts to become more efficient and align resources with the most significant product priorities.
Google’s decision to lay off more employees reflects the company’s focus on efficiency and strategic realignment. While the scale of the layoffs is smaller than the previous year, it indicates ongoing adjustments within the company to meet its long-term objectives.