12,000 employees have been laid off from Google’s parent firm.
The parent firm of Google-Alphabet Inc. laid off 12,000 of its staff members from various departments this week. An email was sent to the staff members by the CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai regarding the information on widespread job cuts. He said that he takes full responsibility for the same.
The laid-off staff members have expressed their grief on social media by sharing posts. They also shared their stories about their time at the company. A woman who is expecting her baby was also laid off just a week before her maternity leave.
From the Ex-Employee
Katherine Wong was confused. She was thinking why did they choose her for this? She said that she had received the review for good performance already and this news was hard to digest.
Katherine Wong was a Program Manager at Google. She is a California-based employee who took to LinkedIn to share the news about how her heart sank when she saw the mail from the company. She said that she is already 8 months pregnant and only a week away from seeing her baby. She was about to go on maternity leave after a few days. But her heart sank when she saw her phone informing her that she is one of the 12,000 employees, who has been laid off from the company.
“It is almost impossible for me to look for a job as a 34-week pregnant and right about to go on maternity leave for months,” she said.
Ms Wong said that people are concerned about her baby and well-being. She did not let her negative emotions take over as she has a little one inside that needed to be taken care of. But she could not control her shaky hands and it is a mixed feeling for her. She also added that she loves her team and they are supporting her even now. She feels that they are all a family.
She mentioned that she want to be open to work but she would now concentrate on the latter stages of her pregnancy. She would get ready to welcome her baby, expecting her baby to come into the world safe and sound. She showed courage and said that she will be fine and will try her best to achieve that.
Support from Google
Google has announced that while the fired workers will be looking for work somewhere, they will be supported by the company. They will be paid throughout the whole notice period of 60 days. Bonuses for the year 2022 and unused vacation time will also be paid to the impacted workers.