The latest proof of this wake-up call is its announcement that it will eliminate 100 jobs from its recruiting department.
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.
Which makes me wonder; just how big is Google’s recruiting organization anyway? 100 positions is a lot, so how many do they have left in that department?
In addition, Google is closing many engineering locations and those folks my be also be without a job.
This seems like the kind of news that Google wouldn’t have previously announced, but when you consider that rumors are still circulating that Microsoft might layoff as many as 15,000 people, it seems Google would prefer we all know the actual number, than let speculation run wild.