Google CEOs Memo on Google Decision-Significant Pain of Pandemic

Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai told employees in an email on Wednesday that Google parent Alphabet Inc. is "significantly" slowing hiring for the remainder of the year 2020.

by Roselet Sheena Merli

Updated: Apr 16, 2020 19:37 IST

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Sundar Pichai's Memo on Google Decision

Sundar Pichai memo stated "It's now been well over two months since we closed the first Google offices in Asia out of an abundance of caution around the spread of COVID-19. We are only a quarter of the way through 2020. It's already been the most unusual year in memory.
None of us could have predicted that most of us would now be working from home during the biggest global pandemic of our lifetimes.

Despite these strange circumstances, it's been remarkable to see us step up to meet this challenge by doing what we do best. We've committed more than $800 million in grants, loans and ad credits to help small businesses and others affected by COVID-19. Google.org has committed $50 million (plus an additional $2,500 in gift-matching per Googler) to help communities all over the world.

Just like the 2008 financial crisis, the entire global economy is hurting, and Google and Alphabet are not immune to the effects of this global pandemic. We exist in an ecosystem of partnerships and interconnected businesses, many of whom are feeling significant pain. We are reevaluating the pace of our investment plans for the remainder of 2020. 

We believe now is the time to significantly slow down the pace of hiring. We should maintain momentum in a small number of strategic areas where users and businesses rely on Google for ongoing support, and where our growth is critical to their success. We need to carefully prioritize hiring employees who will address our greatest user and business needs. Your leads will be in touch with you about how this will work for your team. 

Beyond hiring, we continue to invest but will be recalibrating the focus and pace of our investments in areas like data centers and machines, and non-business essential marketing and travel. If you have additional ideas about how we can free up or redeploy resources to make us more efficient and support our priorities, I welcome your thoughts and invite you to share them by replying here. Working together, I’m confident that we’ll emerge from this challenge in a strong position.

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