Navigating Google's layoffs: What you need to know

Reports suggest that Google may hire replacement workers for some positions in India and Mexico.

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Layoffs have been happening over the past few months and in a fresh round, the tech giant has laid off almost 200 employees from its core team. Since the beginning of 2024, Google has laid off several employees in several rounds, citing cost-cutting measures and a strategic shift towards AI investment. According to the sources, the company has relocated some of the employees to cut the cost to the company.

In addition to this, the company has also eliminated at least 50 employees from the engineering-based team from the headquarters in California. Reports also suggest that the company may hire replacement workers for some positions in India and Mexico.

According to the sources, the layoffs were announced by the vice president of Google Developer Ecosystem Asim Husain last week, which was the biggest workforce reduction for his team.

Here are some of the key points of this layoff:

Core Teams: At least 200 employees were let go from Google's "Core" unit, which includes essential engineering and user safety teams. Some corresponding roles are being filled in locations like India and Mexico.

Specific Departments: Cuts have impacted the Python development team, finance department, and real estate teams, with some positions being moved overseas. 

Unconfirmed reports: There have also been unconfirmed reports of Google laying off its entire US-based Python team.
Overall, the number of layoffs isn't entirely clear, but reports suggest it's in the hundreds, and Google's headcount has shrunk by around 10,000 compared to last year.

Layoffs series continued

There have been significant layoffs at Google throughout 2024. Reports suggest it began with a large round of cuts in January, impacting around 6% of the workforce (over 12,000 employees). Since then, there have been multiple reports of additional layoffs in various departments including Advertising teams (including sales), Engineering teams (including Python and Flutter), Trust and Safety.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has also warned of more potential job cuts this year as the company looks to manage costs. The exact number of total layoffs is difficult to determine as Google hasn't released a specific figure, but reports indicate it's in the thousands.