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Google Staff Anxiety Runs High After 12,000 Colleagues Cut

  • Workers check on individual coworkers to see who is gone
  • Some share concern performance-based cuts may still happen
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WATCH: Google parent Alphabet announced that the tech giant will cut about 12,000 jobs. Bloomberg Intelligence’s Mandeep Singh has more.Source: Bloomberg

Google employees, after watching peers at rival tech firms lose their jobs en masse, were anxious about when layoffs would happen to them. Then on Friday morning, some of them couldn’t get into their corporate accounts.

The company, owned by Alphabet Inc., had finally decided to cut 12,000 employees, or 6% of the workforce. Employees described a mostly orderly if impersonal transition, communicated mostly via the same technology products they helped build, with no direct answers for individuals about why they were included or not.