A Google employee whose videos showing franchises in the tech giant’s swanky offices garnered thousands of views emotionally documented the mass layoffs.
Nicole Tsai, whose role at Google was Program Manager for Partner Services, according to her LinkedIn profile, has been vlogging about a “day in my life” at the company — enjoying free candy, games, lunches, coconut water, Harry Potter– Themed meeting rooms and massage chairs.
She once said, “I’m going to this butterfly-themed conference room to take my first meeting, and then I’m going to the scrapbooking room to take my next—it’s so cool and beautiful in here.” TikTok video from earlier this month.
“After that, I’ll go upstairs and have some lunch. They always have pizza and a variety of different vegetables and meats, and the food is always really good and of course everything you see in the office is free.”
In the video, Tsai concludes her day by patting her “Doogler” or “Google dog,” and taking a ghost tour of the office, before settling into a massage chair to relax.
The viral trend for young employees at tech companies like Google, Meta, Twitter and LinkedIn to show off their distinct advantages in the workplace, while seemingly doing little actual work, has fueled controversy online in recent months, with some describing the companies as “caretakers”. adult daytime.
But with the once irreplaceable tech sector facing a massive downturn, many of those same employees are now facing the axe.
Alphabet, Google’s parent company, announced Friday that it will cut nearly 12,000 jobs worldwide, the latest in a series of mass layoffs across the industry.
The laid-off workers were reportedly notified by e-mail, although in some cases they only knew they had been fired as soon as they got to work, as their entry badges had been refused.
“The laid-off Google employees were notified of their termination via email overnight,” a clarification wrote on Twitter early Saturday morning. “Those who didn’t check their email before going to work didn’t realize they were being terminated until they tried to use their entry badges.”
The cuts represent just over 6 percent of the total global workforce of 187,000 people.
Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said the cuts came after a “rigorous review”.
“Over the past two years, we’ve seen periods of explosive growth,” he said.
To keep pace with and support this growth, we have set an economic reality different from the one we face today. We have conducted a rigorous review across product areas and functions to ensure that our people and roles align with our highest priorities as a company. The roles we eliminate reflect the outcome of that review.”
In a video that has been viewed nearly three million times, Ms Tsai documented “a day in my life being laid off from my job at Google”.
She said, “I woke up to this really ominous text from my boss… I rushed downstairs to find out I had basically lost access to everything.”
“I called my boss again and we cried on the phone. It just felt like a really bad game of Russian Roulette, and there was no consistency about who was let go. It also wasn’t performance-based, so it felt really random.”
Seeing other “traumatized and shocked” co-workers posting on LinkedIn, Tsai said, “wasn’t great for my mental health.”
“Honestly, I spent so much of the day crying that I was so tired of being sad and I wanted to do something that would make me feel better,” she said. “Luckily I have an annual pass so I headed to Disneyland.”
Posting on LinkedIn, Tsai said she was “completely shocked by this decision, but there is some comfort in knowing I’m not the only one.”
“I have always dreamed of working at Google,” she wrote, “and am so grateful that that dream has come true.” “I definitely enjoyed every minute I spent at Google.”
She listed her highlights as “visiting 10 Google offices”, “giving presentations at conferences and universities”, launching the “Delivery Readiness Index with an Amazing Team” and “Leading Women @ Irvine, an employee resource group”.
“Don’t know what’s next — getting certified as a yoga teacher? Growing my Etsy shop factory business? Almost in the 1000th sale!” she wrote.
“I’m going to spend some time looking for new opportunities and enjoying this vacation.”
Many of her TikTok followers have expressed sympathy.
“It blows my mind how big it is [tech companies] Like Google will always make infinite profits and still layoffs. It just goes to show how little they care about their workers,” one person captioned her video.
“My heart goes out to you and your co-workers,” another wrote.
But some took the opportunity to get around the technology factor.
“I mean, I’m surprised the layoffs haven’t happened faster,” one person wrote in the previous video.
Another said, “It makes me understand mass layoffs.”
A third wrote: “Basically a nursery for grown-ups.”
Google’s layoffs follow a wave of job cuts at big tech companies.
On January 5, Amazon said it would cut more than 18,000 jobs from its workforce, citing the “uncertain economy” and the fact that it “hired quickly” during the pandemic.
During Covid, the online retail giant went on a recruitment spree to counter an explosion in demand for deliveries, doubling its global headcount between the start of 2020 and the start of 2022.
It was the largest of the recent workforce cuts in the US technology sector and the largest for a Seattle-based company.
At the end of September, the group had 1.54 million employees worldwide.
In November, Meta — owner of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp — announced it would cut 11,000 jobs, or about 13 percent of the staff, in what CEO Mark Zuckerberg called “the toughest changes we’ve made in Meta’s history.”
Zuckerberg told his 87,000 employees that he expected a continued boost in e-commerce and online activity during the pandemic, but admitted he was wrong.
Meta’s poor performance in 2022 has led to a drop in its share price, as well as a sharp drop in sales and stagnation in its user numbers.
On January 18, Microsoft announced that it would lay off 10,000 employees in the coming months.
The Windows manufacturer said in a US regulatory filing that the cuts were “in response to macroeconomic conditions and changing customer priorities.”
The plan follows two smaller rounds of layoffs in 2022, one in July affecting less than one percent of the workforce and a second in October targeting fewer than 1,000 people.
According to its website, Microsoft, which launched a major hiring spree during the pandemic to meet increased demand for its software and cloud computing services, has 221,000 employees, including 122,000 in the United States.
And just a week after his groundbreaking takeover of the company, Elon Musk fired half of Twitter’s 7,500 employees in November as part of his major overhaul of the ailing company.
Workers around the world were shown the door and took to Twitter to express their frustration or disbelief and say goodbye to one of Silicon Valley’s most iconic companies.
The execution is part of Musk’s efforts to find ways to pay for the massive $44 billion deal for which he has taken on billions of dollars in debt.
At the end of August, parent company Snapchat let Snap cut about 20 percent of its staff, about 1,200 people, in an effort by the image-focused messaging app to dig itself out amid competition and revenue woes.
While its user numbers continue to grow — 363 million daily users in October — it’s saddled with diminishing profits and competition from other apps, such as TikTok.
– with AFP
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