Google, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., has announced significant layoffs within its digital assistant, hardware, and engineering teams as part of its ongoing cost-cutting efforts. The impacted employees include those involved in the development of the voice-based Google Assistant and the augmented reality hardware team. The central engineering organization within the company has also experienced workforce reductions.
A spokesperson from Google stated, “Throughout the latter half of 2023, several of our teams underwent restructuring to enhance efficiency, improve collaboration, and align resources with key product priorities. Some teams are currently implementing organizational changes, which involve global role eliminations.”
Initial reports of the layoffs surfaced with Semafor disclosing the impact on the Google Assistant team, and 9to5Google highlighting the reorganization within the hardware team. Google affirmed that affected staff members will be informed and allowed to apply for available positions within the company.
The Alphabet Workers Union, representing some Google employees, expressed criticism of the job cuts in a statement posted on the social network X (formerly Twitter). The union stated, “Our members and colleagues work diligently each day to create exceptional products for our users, and the company cannot continue to terminate our coworkers while generating billions in revenue every quarter. We will persist in our efforts until our jobs are secure!”
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