After cutting nearly 100 recruiters in January and 40 more employees when it folded up it’s radio division, the news that Google is laying off workers is hardly, well, news at all. What is interesting right now is that Google just laid off 200 employees in sales and marketing, which just lost its leader, Tim Armstrong, to Time Warner’s AOL and replaced him with Google veteran Dennis Woodside, reports MediaMemo.
In a memo from SVP Omid Kordestani, he sights overlaps and efficiency as reasons for the new round of layoffs.
When companies grow that 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.
The full text of Kordestani memo can be seen after the jump.
Google has grown very quickly in a very short period of time. When companies grow that quickly itâ€™s almost impossible to get everything rightâ€“and we certainly didnâ€™t. In some areas weâ€™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. In addition, we over-invested in some areas in preparation for the growth trends we were experiencing at the time.
So today we have informed Googlers that we plan to reduce the number of roles within our sales and marketing organizations by just under 200 globally. Making changes of this kind is never easyâ€“and we recognize that the recession makes the timing even more difficult for the Googlers concerned. We did look at a number of different options but ultimately concluded that we had to restructure our organizations in order to improve our effectiveness and efficiency as a business. We will give each person time to try and find another position at Google, as well as outplacement support, and provide severance packages for those who leave the company. Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone affected for all they have contributed to Google.