Google Too Lays Off Thousands

November 25th, 2008 at 12:00 am

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All we’ve been hearing about Google is that they’re releasing some new product or tool or tha their earnings have gone through the roof again.  On the bleak side, we hear that Yahoo is in trouble and that the economic crisis is breathing down on the car makers of Detroit and Sequoia Capital backed startups in Silicon Valley ultimately causing them to shed jobs.  Well, Google isn’t all we thought.

Google has been, like the rest of the country, laying off thousands of their employees.  However, they manage to keep it out of the spotlight by axing their "casual" workers, meaning not regular yet ironically still full time.  Don’t worry, it’s completely legal  and on the other hand utterly unfair.

Google reports to the SEC that it has 20,123 employees but in reality it has 30,000. Why the discrepancy? Google classifies 10,000 of the employees as temporary operational expenses or “workers”. Google co-founder Sergey Brin said, “There is no question that the number (of workers) is too high”. [WebGuild]

So Google is not immune to the crisis after all, they have just again, as usual, managed to outsmart the system and go around it.  Yes it’s not the most humane or ethical way to go but it sure is the most effective.  Besides, capitalism dictates that for a business to succeed, meaning make tons of money, do whatever it takes!