A Google engineer reveals details of his layoff via email after 20 years at the company

A Google engineer reveals details of his layoff via email after 20 years at the company
A Google engineer reveals details of his layoff via email after 20 years at the company
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Tuesday, January 24, 2023 05:13 am

A software engineer described the way he found out he had been laid off by Google as a “slap in the face”.

Jeremy Joslin, who according to his LinkedIn profile has been working at the tech giant since 2003, said the company informed him via email, adding: “It’s hard for me to believe that after 20 years at Google, I found out so unexpectedly about my last day… Over an email, what a slap in the face, I wish I could say goodbye to everyone face to face,” according to businessinsider.

Jocelyn added in a post on LinkedIn: “I never thought it would happen like this.”

Google announced last Friday that it would lay off about 12,000 employees, or 6% of its global workforce, affecting employees “throughout Alphabetproduct areas, functions, levels and regions, CEO Sundar Pichai said the company hired too quickly and could not retain all its staff in the current “economic reality”.

Former Google employees have moved on LinkedIn and Twitter for posting about the sudden and impersonal nature of the layoffs.

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Jocelyn Ali said LinkedIn: “Giving you away with a transactional email without any acknowledgment of your personal time or your impact on the company is a tough way out.

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Elizabeth Hart, Senior Marketing Director of the Global Advertising Team at Google who has worked with the company since 2007, posted on the website: LinkedInthat she found out she had been laid off when she checked her phone on Friday morning while she was “cloudy-eyed and still half asleep” and saw a notice that her access to the company had expired, along with a notice for an article in New York Times about layoffs.

Google publicly announced the layoffs, and the company said the layoff announcement had been sent to employees earlier that day and that affected US employees had been notified prior to that, though it did not say when.

Bloomberg reported that the layoffs appeared structural rather than performance-based, and some workers say most or even all of their team has been laid off.

In the comments, Jocelyn acknowledged that the company had changed over the two decades he spent working there, he said on the site LinkedIn: “Not the same company I built 20 years ago.”

Source: Technology News: A Google engineer reveals details of his layoff via email after 20 years at the company

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