(CTN News) – Several divisions within Google have been laid off, primarily the core engineering division, the hardware team responsible for Pixel and Fitbit devices, and the team behind Assistant.
Google has now officially confirmed the layoffs that were originally reported by the New York Times and Semafor. As reported by the New York Times, the core engineering team experienced significant reductions, which resulted in notices and the loss of access to the system for “several hundred” workers.
According Devices and services team, which designs smartphones, smartwatches, and fitness trackers, underwent a restructuring on Monday, which resulted in the elimination of hundreds of positions.
The company’s competitor to Apple’s Siri and Amazon Alexa, was also affected by the restructuring. Layoffs from this division were described as part of a broader effort to incorporate artificial intelligence technology into the service.
Google’s spokesperson told Forbes that these layoffs were part of a broader organizational change designed to enhance efficiency, improve collaboration, and align resources with the company’s core product priorities. The spokesperson stressed that the company would assist affected employees in finding new positions within or outside of Google.
There have been layoffs at since the beginning of 2023, where approximately 12,000 employees, or approximately six percent of the company’s workforce, have been laid off.
Despite concerns about a global economic downturn following the Covid-19 hiring boom, Sundar Pichai, CEO, criticized the decision, stating that a December internal meeting could have handled the layoffs more effectively.
Accordingly, Google’s job cuts align with similar actions taken by Amazon, Twitch, and Unity, indicating a broader trend of workforce reductions.