Google India has reportedly fired 453 employees across various departments. Employees were reportedly informed of their termination through mail by Sanjay Gupta, Country Head and Vice President, Google India.
Earlier in January, the company had announced its plans to cut more than 12,000 jobs, joining other tech giants including Meta Platforms Inc., Amazon Inc. and Salesforce Inc. in scaling back operations amid a weakening global economy and rising inflation.
Reports are also rife about CEO Sundar Pichai being all set to take a large chunk of his salary cut amid tough macro-economic conditions and layoffs. At a recent town hall meeting, Pichai had stated that all roles above “senior vice president” level will witness a significant reduction in their annual bonus. In the blogpost sent out by Pichai in January, it was mentioned that “for layoffs outside the US, the company will support employees in line with local practices.”
Earlier, about 250 employees in Zurich had walked out to protest the company’s decision last month to cut about six percent of its global workforce. The workers, with support from trade union Syndicom, walked away from their desks before lunchtime and assembled with placards outside one of two Google offices in the Swiss city.