Search engine giant Google is feeling the pinch as it plans to cut up to 200 jobs from its sales and marketing department, representing 1 percent of its global worldwide workforce.
Around half of the losses are expected to come from Google US with some pink slips being issued at its Californian headquarters and will be the second time Google is reducing its headcount this year after it cut 40 jobs from its radio advertising business.
In a post on Google's official blog, Omid Kordestani, Senior VP, Global Sales and Business Development, wrote that Google "has grown very quickly in a very short period of time" and that when firms the size of Google "grow that quickly it's almost impossible to get everything right".
He acknowledged that there has been some overlapping within the organisation that not only duplicated effort but also complicated the decision-making process, making the whole company less effective and efficient which, in a deep recession, is amplified.
Those affected by Google's decision have 60 days to look for a job elsewhere within the company. If they do not find anything that suits them, they will have no other choice than to collect their severance package on the way out.
Google, which was relatively unscathed during the last dotcom burst, has been quick to react to the significant changes in the economy. The giant has refocused on its core products, pruned a number of services like Google Notebook.
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Like many companies during the boom years, Google grew very quickly and is now trimming its organisation chart tree, paying particular attention at overlapping departments. Google employs some of the brightest minds in the industry and it is likely that the poor souls fired by Google will find a job elsewhere fairly quickly or better still create their own companies.
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