Google Cuts 200 More Jobs as Recession Looms

by CXOtoday Staff    Mar 30, 2009


Even search engine giant - Google, does not seem to be immune to the global recession. On Friday, it announced that it will be cutting down around 200 jobs in its sales and marketing divisions.

In a posting on the Official Google Blog, Omid Kordestani, SVP (global sales and business development) said, "When companies grow quickly it’s almost impossible to get everything right-and we certainly didn’t. In some areas we’ve created overlapping organizations which not only duplicate effort but also complicate the decision-making process. That makes our teams less effective and efficient than they should be."

He also admitted that Google had over-invested in certain areas. Kordestani said the company had no option but to restructure their organizations. Google will give each outgoing employee time to find another position at Google, outplacement support, and provide severance packages for those who will have to leave the company, the posting read.

This is not the first time this year that the Internet behemoth has announced structural and strategic changes to its organization in order to trim costs. In January, Google reduced its number of recruiters by 100. It also announced the closing down of engineering centers in Arizona, Texas, Norway, and Sweden. Some of the engineers, around 70 in number, were moved to other centers, while others were asked to leave.

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