Google has told employees that it’ll be “slowing down the pace of hiring for the rest of the year,” according to an internal memo Tuesday by CEO Sundar Pichai obtained by The Verge.
“Because of the hiring progress achieved so far this year, we’ll be slowing the pace of hiring for the rest of the year, while still supporting our most important opportunities,” Pichai explained.
“Like all companies, we’re not immune to economic headwinds. Something I cherish about our culture is that we’ve never viewed these types of challenges as obstacles. Instead, we’ve seen them as opportunities to deepen our focus and invest for the long term.”
Other tech companies shaking up staffing include Meta and Microsoft. At the end of last week, Meta’s VP of Remote Presence and Engineering Maher Saba asked managers to submit the names of “poor performers” to the corporation’s internal performance tool – signalling its intent to trim its workforce without a formal layoff effort.
“Because of the hiring progress achieved so far this year, we’ll be slowing the pace of hiring for the rest of the year, while still supporting our most important opportunities”, Pichai continued. “For the balance of 2022 and 2023, we’ll focus our hiring on engineering, technical and other critical roles, and make sure the great talent we do hire is aligned with our long-term priorities.”
The move was not unexpected
Company leaders were warned of the hiring pullback last month, according to Business Insider, and these changes are now coming into effect. In the third quarter of 2022, the number of open positions allocated to some teams will be reduced, and some positions may be opened back up in the final quarter.
“Scarcity breeds clarity”, Pichai concluded. “This is something we have been saying since the earliest days of Google. It’s what drives focus and creativity that ultimately leads to better products that help people all over the world. That’s the opportunity in front of us today, and I’m excited for us to rise to the moment again.”