Google CEO: In an internal letter, Sundar Pichai said recent layoffs are about “removing layers to simplify execution and drive velocity in some areas.”
Google has laid off over a thousand workers across different departments since January 10th. CEO Sundar Pichai advice is to plan for more cuts.
“We have ambitious goals and will be investing in our big priorities this year,” Pichai told all Google workers on Wednesday in a private letter that was shared with me. “The reality is that to create the capacity for this investment, we have to make tough choices.”
So far, those “tough choices” have included cuts and reorganizations in Google’s hardware, ad sales, search, shopping, maps, policy, core engineering, and YouTube teams.
“These role eliminations are not at the scale of last year’s reductions, and will not touch every team,” Pichai wrote in his letter — a reference to when Google cut 12,000 jobs this time last year. “But I know it’s very difficult to see colleagues and teams impacted.”
Pichai said the layoffs this year were about “removing layers to simplify execution and drive velocity in some areas.” He revealed what many inside Google have been fearing: that more “role eliminations” are to come.
“Many of these changes are already announced, though to be upfront, some teams will continue to make specific resource allocation decisions throughout the year where needed, and some roles may be impacted,” he wrote.
A representative for Google didn’t have extra comment.