This is the email Google CEO sent to the 12,000 employees who were fired yesterday

This is the email Google CEO sent to the 12,000 employees who were fired yesterday


On Friday, Google threw the global tech industry into another round of frenzy with the announcement that it will lay off 12,000 of its staff globally.

Following this development, Google became the second tech company in recent months to fire the most number of employees, second only to Amazon with 18,000 layoffs.

Nairametrics has gotten a copy of the email Google CEO Sundar Pichai which announced the latest round of layoffs. See below.

  • Googlers,
  • I have some difficult news to share. We’ve decided to reduce our workforce by approximately 12,000 roles. We’ve already sent a separate email to employees in the US who are affected. In other countries, this process will take longer due to local laws and practices.
  • This will mean saying goodbye to some incredibly talented people we worked hard to hire and have loved working with. I’m deeply sorry for that. The fact that these changes will impact the lives of Googlers weighs heavily on me, and I take full responsibility for the decisions that led us here.
  • Over the past two years, we’ve seen periods of dramatic growth. To match and fuel that growth, we hired for a different economic reality than the one we face today.
  • I am confident about the huge opportunity in front of us thanks to the strength of our mission, the value of our products and services, and our early investments in AI. To fully capture it, we’ll need to make tough choices. So, we’ve undertaken a rigorous review across product areas and functions to ensure that our people and roles are aligned with our highest priorities as a company. The roles we’re eliminating reflect the outcome of that review. They cut across Alphabet, product areas, functions, levels and regions.
  • To the Googlers who are leaving us: Thank you for working so hard to help people and businesses everywhere. Your contributions have been invaluable and we are grateful for them.
  • While this transition won’t be easy, we’re going to support employees as they look for their next opportunity.
  • In the US:
  • We’ll pay employees during the full notification period (minimum 60 days).
  • We’ll also offer a severance package starting at 16 weeks’ salary plus two weeks for every additional year at Google, and accelerate at least 16 weeks of GSU vesting.
  • We’ll pay 2022 bonuses and the remaining vacation time.
  • We’ll be offering 6 months of healthcare, job placement services, and immigration support for those affected.


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