New Delhi, February 19 (KMS): This is the first round of layoffs in Google’s India operations after Alphabet Inc, its parent company, announced the sacking of 12,000 employees or 6 per cent of its total headcount globally on January 20, reported a Chenai-based Indian business newspaper, Businessline.
Google India, which sacked 453 employees across departments on Thursday night, had also circulated a mail on the same day to all its existing employees, asking them to work from home till Sunday (company works Monday to Friday).
Businessline reported through its sources that a mass email was sent out by Sanjay Gupta, Country Head and Vice President, Google India, to employees saying ‘it is a lot to take in for us all’. The mail accompanied the mass layoffs even as some Google executives had taken to social media platforms to vent their shock at the news.
Some LinkedIn posts were evocative about how the news impacted them.
“As I reflect on the news of my departure, I realise that sometimes life has a way of throwing us curveballs. I am saddened to leave behind such a fantastic team…I am available for work. Please let me know if you know of any Developer Advocate, Android Developer or Full Stack Developer positions available,” said Anuj Garg in his post on LinkedIn.
“Hi, everyone, my position at Google was impacted by the latest round of workforce reduction in the organisation. So I am looking for a new role in Product Management and would appreciate your support,” said another ex-Googler, Arjun Naringe.
“It’s disheartening to see how many talented individuals have been affected, and only those who are directly impacted can truly comprehend the hardship. I kindly urge everyone to offer their support during this difficult time,” posted Jyotish Bhaskar, a Software Engineer at Google.
“We’ll feel the loss of each of our team members leaving us and will deal with it differently. To give everyone time to digest, I suggest we work from home tomorrow,” he said in the mail on Thursday.
This is the first round of layoffs in Google’s India operations after Alphabet Inc, its parent company, announced the sacking of 12,000 employees or 6 per cent of its total headcount globally on January 20.
In India, Google is also facing a potential threat to its existing business model after the Competition Commission of India directed it to pay a ₹1,337.76-crore penalty for “abuse of dominance” in the Android ecosystem.