Google Cloud Unit Undergoes Layoffs: Over 100 Employees Affected

Google, led by Sundar Pichai, lays off over 100 employees across its cloud service, following Microsoft's lead.

  • Google, led by Sundar Pichai, lays off over 100 employees across its cloud service, following Microsoft’s lead.
  • The layoffs impact various roles in sales, consulting, strategy, operations, and engineering within the cloud unit.
  • Google cites the need to align teams with its go-to-market strategy and invest in critical areas for long-term success.

Google, under the leadership of Sundar Pichai, has reportedly laid off over 100 employees across its cloud service, in a move following similar actions by Microsoft. The layoffs affect roles in sales, consulting, strategy, operations, and engineering within the cloud unit, as the company seeks to streamline its operations and better align teams with its go-to-market strategy.

According to internal correspondence viewed by CNBC, the affected employees were notified last week, although Google has not officially disclosed the exact number of positions cut. A Google spokesperson emphasized the company’s commitment to evolving its business to meet customer priorities and capitalize on future opportunities. The layoffs are seen as part of Google’s ongoing efforts to invest strategically and ensure long-term success.

This move comes amidst intense competition in the cloud computing market, with Google facing pressure to keep up with rivals like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, particularly in the realm of artificial intelligence (AI). Despite the layoffs, Google remains focused on maintaining its global presence while expanding in high-growth locations to better serve partners and developer communities.