Google announced last week that it would lay off 12,000 employees, about 6% of the company’s workforce. Of that, 1845 workers will be cut just in Google’s “native” US state of California, which means he takes on 15% of all cuts. CNBC.
Most workers will lose their jobs in or near Google’s Silicon Valley headquarters. 1,436 jobs will be eliminated at the Mountain View headquarters. Another 119 people will lose their jobs in San Bruno, where YouTube is based, and 53 employees will be laid off in Palo Alto.
The termination process itself is expected to begin on March 31, 2023—California law requires employees to receive at least 60 days’ written notice before any mass layoffs or company closures begin. The company confirmed that laid-off employees will receive full pay during all of those 60 days.
More than a quarter of the jobs laid off in the San Francisco Bay Area had “director” or “senior” in their titles. 27 massage therapists also lost their jobs: 24 in Mountain View and 3 in Los Angeles and Irvine. There are 177 job cuts at the Playa Vista campus in Los Angeles and another 60 in Irvine.
With the decision on mass layoffs, company boss Sundar Pichai justified the intense growth in the acute phase of the pandemic, which was immediately followed by a completely different economic reality – a slowdown in growth and the risks of a recession.