Google Layoffs; Microsoft Next?


google_recruiting_small.jpgADOTAS — Now that Google has done it, will Microsoft follow?

“As we made clear during our last quarterly earnings call in October, Google is still hiring but at a reduced rate. Given the state of the economy, we recognized that we needed fewer people focused on hiring.

Our first step to address this was to wind down almost all our contracts with external contractors and vendors providing recruiting services for Google. However, after much consideration, we have with great regret decided that we need to go further and reduce the overall size of our recruiting organization by approximately 100 positions.

We know this change will be very difficult for the people concerned, and we hope that many of them will be able to find new roles at Google. They helped build this company, new hire by new hire, and we are enormously grateful for everything they have done.”


  1. When I first heard that Google laid off 5,000+ contractors and tried to sweep it under the rug I was pissed: they undermined consumers and blatantly disrespected the contractors who had served them well. That said, I think Google has redeemed themselves this week with the way they handled the layoffs of 100 recruiters and the closure of 3 engineering offices. I wrote an article on why more companies should handle layoffs exactly how Google handled them this week:


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