Google conducts sweeping layoffs in its Cloud unit

Google conducts sweeping layoffs in its Cloud unit

Employees working across several Cloud teams were informed that their jobs were being eliminated, according to an internal document reviewed by Business Insider and an employee familiar with the matter, whose identity BI confirmed and who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retribution. The total number of affected staff could not be learned, although the employee estimated that around 100 employees in Cloud’s “Go To Market” group in the Asia-Pacific region were cut.

Cloud teams focused on consulting, partner engineering, and sustainability were also affected by layoffs, according to the document.

The document noted that some recent hires were laid off, including at least one new recruit who had yet to complete their onboarding process. Some affected employees have been offered time to find new roles within the company.

“As we’ve shared before, we continue to evolve our business to meet our customers’ priorities and the significant opportunity ahead,” a Google spokesperson told BI in a statement. “We maintain our commitment to investing in areas that are critical to our business and ensure our long-term success.”

Layoffs have become the norm inside the search giant, which has been eliminating jobs all year and moving some roles to other locations. This week’s Cloud layoffs appear to be more sweeping than Google’s more surgical cuts to other teams in recent months.

Google cut a “small number” of roles in its global affairs earlier this month, according to a copy of an email sent by Google’s global affairs chief Kent Walker that was reviewed by BI. Business Post previously reported on those layoffs.

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