Google has cut several thousand jobs in recent years. And the new year will not be spared from the cuts either. However, the workforce is now starting to fight back and publicly criticize the company.
Last year alone, Google cut 12,000 jobs from its workforce. But that is apparently not enough. The tech giant is also planning to cut more jobs this year.
However, the employees of the search engine company are clearly no longer willing to accept this just like that. Employees are venting their frustration at Google on numerous platforms.
Google in the vortex of redundancies
Just last week, Google CEO Sundar Pichai informed the workforce about another wave of redundancies. However, in an internal memo quoted by The Verge, Pichai reiterated that the reductions would not be on the same scale as last year and would not affect every team.
Despite this reassurance, there is resentment among the US company’s employees. For example, Diane Hirsh Theriault, a software engineer at Google, has spoken out on LinkedIn.
Who can still be creative in such an environment of fear? It’s really sad.
“Google really was a magical place not so long ago,” she says, describing her employer. However, the managers would cash in on her human capital at the very moment when, in her opinion, it was most urgently needed.
Criticism of the management level
Diane Hirsh Theriault is also harshly critical of the company’s managers. In her opinion, Google has “not a single visionary leader”. At all levels, they are “deeply boring and glassy-eyed”.
Google has not launched a single successful project in years that was led by a manager.
The dismissals come across as “arbitrary”. The company refuses to provide reasons. Instead, it wants to focus on the “highest priorities”. However, Diane Hirsh Theriault assumes that the managers do not even know what the long-term priorities are.
Simply firing people at random, burning down institutional knowledge and blowing up perfectly functioning teams.
There is now a “pervasive feeling of nihilism” in the company. Many colleagues are now doing without overtime in the evening or at weekends, which was not uncommon in the past.