Google begins layoffs in India, more than 400 employees likely impacted

A report indicates that the company has laid off roughly 450 employees from the India division. Google announced plans to layoff 1200o employees globally last month.

In January, Google announced its plans to lay off around 12,000 workers globally. The first round of layoffs began in the US following Sundar Pichai’s public announcement. It appears that workers in the India-specific units have started receiving termination letters. A report indicates that the company has laid off roughly 450 employees from the India division. Google India’s major office hubs are located in Gurugram, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad.

Several affected members have also taken to LinkedIn to announce their abrupt departure.

A Google India staff member, Rajneesh Kumar, in a post said, “Earlier today, we received news of some highly skilled and talented colleagues being affected by the recent layoffs at Google India.”

An account manager at Google India, Kamal Dave, announced, “I was a part of Google India Layoffs yesterday. At Google, my energies were focused on delivering Digital Marketing Goals for multiple industries at the top of their food chain in India as a key strategic Account Manager / Consultant.”

Another affected employee, Saptak Mohanta from the Singapore office, writes that he is “gutted to lose a lot of my brilliant colleagues and friends as part of Google’s layoffs in Singapore and India last night.” Mohanta worked as a Programme Manager at Google.

We will likely see more posts from affected employees from India and Singapore in the coming days. Last month, after Google workers in the US got laid off, many took to LinkedIn to share their stories. Several posts on LinkedIn indicated that employees, whether fresher or with 20 years of experience, were affected.

A post by Nellie, who worked in the Programme Management and Learning & Development team, said that she got laid off by Google on her maternity leave. When she read the letter, her son was around. One impacted worker even alleged that layoffs were “random” and that employees were “blindsided,” as it is being said that the decisions were not based on the performance of employees.

Google has said that the company was forced to lay off employees due to overhiring in the last two years of the COVID-19 pandemic. Coupled with poor macroeconomic conditions, the company had to take tough decisions. Additionally, the company is streamlining processes as it is prioritising developments in AI (artificial intelligence). This is because the company wants to rival ChatGPT, which is closely working with Microsoft.

Apart from Google, other tech giants such as Amazon, Meta, Twitter, and more have laid off thousands of workers globally. Apple is the only tech firm with no cases of mass layoffs.

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