Posted January 15, 2009 8:36 am by with 12 comments

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It seems Google is starting to realize that any attempt to keep secrets is pretty futile in today’s era of transparency.

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.

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    I’m not familiar with the way corporations deal with staff lay-offs in the US, hopefully they provide a substantial compensation package? Or are there statutory redundancy limits?

  • It was expected but man, that’s a HUGE recruiting sector. I didn’t realize Google was that big. But I guess they are.

  • I think we all saw this coming.

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  • Well, it appears that Google isn’t immune. And they’ve definitely had more layoffs, but it appears that they haven’t only because they’ve let contracts for temporary workers expire, and things like that. So its been estimated that they’ve already cut hundreds of jobs.

    This, however, is the first time that they are cutting their fulltime workers.

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  • Wow. I am not worried though, Google is a great company with an amazingly profitable online marketing presence through adwords and adsense. I can’t believe Microsoft is possibly laying off that many employees – incredible.

  • I’d rather Google be open and honest, and they should also prefer that option… They want the public to start gaining trust for them again, they have to keep all informed as to what they’re up to.. It’s not like them having to lay off people is actually a surprise..

  • It doesn’t shock me. With the world crisis and all, less companies are buying AdWords. That means less money for the big G.

  • It is only recently that Google has started to be transparent. They are yet to realize that the more transparent they are, the less chances of false rumors spreading over the net. Here is a classic example. Why leak out information in dribs and drabs?

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  • Perhaps they will announce as they go along! Just 100 cuts in these times does not make sense.

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  • 100 People out of recruitment being laid off….obviously they aren’t intent on hiring much staff in the near future!

  • 100 people isn’t that much, right?