Not Immune: Google Cuts 100 Jobs


"Given the state of the economy, we recognized that we needed fewer people focused on hiring," Bock wrote. "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."

In an earlier blog posting by Google Vice President for Engineering and Research Alan Eustace, Google announced the shuttering of three engineering offices—one each in Austin, Texas; Trondheim, Norway; and Lulea, Sweden. The company said 70 workers' jobs are affected.

"Our strong desire is to keep as many of these 70 engineering employees at Google as possible," Eustace wrote. "However, we do recognize the upheaval and heartache that these changes may have on Google families, and that we may not be able to keep 100 percent of these exceptional employees. Our long-term goal is not to trim the number of people we have working on engineering projects or reduce our global presence, but create a smaller number of more effective engineering sites, which will ensure that innovation and speed remain at our core."

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