Mar 26, 2009

Job cuts at Google

Not even Google can escape the downward pull of the Great Recession. Today, the company announced that it will cut about 200 jobs (or "roles" in Google speak) out of its sales and marketing division. Here's the official word from the Official Google Blog:
Google has grown very quickly in a very short period of time. When companies grow that quickly it's almost impossible to get everything right—and we certainly didn't. In some areas we've created overlapping organizations which not only duplicate effort but also complicate the decision-making process. That makes our teams less effective and efficient than they should be. In addition, we over-invested in some areas in preparation for the growth trends we were experiencing at the time.

So today we have informed Googlers that we plan to reduce the number of roles within our sales and marketing organizations by just under 200 globally. Making changes of this kind is never easy—and we recognize that the recession makes the timing even more difficult for the Googlers concerned.

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