1.5 percent of Google’s layoffs were massage therapists
About 27 masseuses work Google lost their jobs in the largest layoff campaign in history.
Google has eliminated more than 1,800 employees Californiaabout 1.5 percent of whom were on-site massage therapists who provided services to staff as a reward for good work.
Those initial layoffs came on the same day that Google and parent company Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai announced that he would cut 12,000 employees – about 6 percent of the workforce.
Of the 1,845 initial layoffs, 1,436 affected workers at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, and another 119 were in San Bruno, where YouTubeowned by Google, founded.
A total of 177 occurred in Los Angeles, mostly at the company’s Playa Vista campus, and another 60 were in Irvine. His Palo Alto office also had 53 cuts CNBC.
Two dozen masseuses worked in Mountain View, and another three in Los Angeles and Irvine.
Google has eliminated more than 1,800 employees in California, about 1.5 percent of whom were on-site massage therapists. A massage parlor at the company’s Mountain View campus is photographed
The CEO of Google and its parent company Alphabet, Sundar Pichai, has announced the layoff of 12,000 employees – about 6 percent of its workforce.
Google and other California tech companies like Amazon and Meta are known for having unconventional campuses that offer their employees fancy perks like fresh bars and spas.
Googlers were known to be rewarded for good work in the form of “massage credits” that could be used to get massages from therapists on campus.
“As a nearly 25-year-old company, we have to go through difficult economic cycles. These are important moments to sharpen our focus, reengineer our cost base, and focus our talent and capital on our highest priorities,” Pichai said.
Employees at Google sites in California are expected to walk off the job in March under state law that gives workers a minimum notice period of 60 days.
This round of layoffs at Google is part of a streak that has affected the entire tech industry, and comes just days after rival Microsoft said it would lay off 10,000 workers, while Amazon began laying off 18,000.
Of the 1,845 initial layoffs in California, 1,436 affected workers at the company’s Mountain View headquarters
News of the layoffs was especially dramatic for Microsoft, which said it would incur $1.2 billion in restructuring costs as a result. The company said it was forced to do so due to “macroeconomic conditions and changing customer priorities”.
In a memo to employees, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said the layoffs, which will affect nearly 5 percent of the workforce, will begin immediately and end by the end of March.
“We’re also seeing organizations in all industries and geographies exercise caution as some parts of the world are in recession and others are in recession,” he said.
Last week, thousands of Amazon employees woke up to a brutal email from their employer telling them their position was “out” with immediate effect.
Shortly after the Seattle-based company sent out the emails, many employees’ access to work computers and offices was also cut off. Business Insider revealed.
Job losses occur during times of economic uncertainty. For the tech sector, the pandemic boom turned into a post-pandemic slump as rising interest rates hammered stock prices and inflation reduce profits. The consequences of the Russian invasion of Ukraine became an additional economic pressure.
Just seven major tech companies have announced nearly 70,000 job cuts in recent months: Amazon, Alphabet, Meta, Microsoft, Salesforce, HP and Twitter
These cuts also come as companies like Google and Microsoft have made big bets on big investments in artificial intelligence.
Pichai said in his note about Google’s downsizing: “I am confident that there are tremendous opportunities ahead of us due to the strength of our mission, the value of our products and services, and our early investments in artificial intelligence.”
Nadella echoed similar sentiments in his memo to Microsoft employees. “The next big wave of computing is being born with advances in artificial intelligence as we transform the world’s most advanced models into a new computing platform,” he said.
These tech layoffs reflect changes in the labor market and increased demand for workers.
Walmart announced on Tuesday that it would raise the minimum wage for all employees from $12 to $14 an hour, while last week music streaming platform Spotify laid off 588 of its 9,800 employees as advertisers waive costs.