I have some difficult news to share. We have decided to reduce our workforce by approximately 12,000 roles. We have already sent a separate email to affected US employees. In other countries, this process takes longer due to local laws and practices.
It means saying goodbye to some of the incredibly talented people we’ve worked so hard to work with and love working with. I deeply regret that. The fact that these changes will affect the lives of Googlers weighs heavily on me, and I take full responsibility for the decisions that got us here.
We have seen periods of dramatic growth over the past two years. To accommodate and stimulate that growth, we employed a different economic reality than the one we face today.
I am confident in the strength of our mission, the value of our products and services, and the tremendous opportunity that lies ahead of us thanks to our early investments in AL. To fully capture K, we need to make tough choices. Therefore, we undertook 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 are removing reflect the outcome of that review. They cut across the 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 are invaluable and we are grateful for them.
While this transition won’t be easy, we’re here to support employees as they look for their next opportunity (you can find more details here).
U. S. at:
– We pay employees during the full notification period (minimum 60 days).
– We also offer Severance package Start with 16 weeks of salary plus two weeks for each additional year at Google and accelerate at least 16 weeks of GSU vesting
– We will pay 2022 bonus and remaining vacation time. We provide 6 months of healthcare, job placement services and immigration support to those affected.
– Outside the US, we support employees in accordance with local practices.
As a nearly 25-year-old company, we are bound to go through difficult economic cycles. These are key moments to sharpen our focus, re-engineer our cost base, and direct our talent and capital to our highest priorities.
Being restricted in some areas allows us to bet big on others. Pivoting as the company was al-first years ago led to tremendous progress in our businesses and the industry as a whole.
Thanks to those early investments, Google’s products are better than ever. And we’re ready to share completely new experiences for users, developers, and businesses alike. We have a substantial opportunity ahead of us with Al across our products and are prepared to approach it boldly and responsibly.
All of this work is a continuation of the “healthy disregard for impossibility” that has been important to our culture since the beginning. Looking at Google today, I see the same passion and energy driving our efforts. That’s why we remain optimistic about our ability to deliver on our goals even on our toughest days. Today is definitely one of them.
I’m sure you have many questions about how we proceed. We will organize a town hall on Monday. Check your calendar for details. Until then, please take good care of yourself as you absorb this difficult news. As part of that, if you’re starting your workday, please feel free to work from home today.