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An engineer laid off after over 16 years at Google says 'faceless' tech giants see staff as '100% disposable'

Google logo with faces silhouetted
On Friday, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai sent an email to staff saying Google was laying off about 12,000 employees.Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images
  • An engineering manager Google laid off said the tech giant saw its staff as "100% disposable."

  • Justin Moore said on LinkedIn that he was laid off through an automatic account deactivation.

  • Moore was one of 12,000 people affected by the company's mass layoffs last week.

A Google engineer laid off after over 16 ½ years at the firm said in a LinkedIn post that the tech giant viewed staff as "100% disposable."

Justin Moore, an engineering manager at Google, was one of the 12,000 people affected by Google's layoffs last week. Moore wrote that he found out he had been laid off via an automated account deactivation at 3:00 a.m.

He said he hadn't received any other "information" or "communication" about being let go. Even if he did receive communication, he was unable to access it because of the deactivation.

"This also just drives home that work is not your life, and employers — especially big, faceless ones like Google — see you as 100% disposable," Moore said.

"Live life, not work," he added.

Moore said his experience at Google had been "(largely) wonderful" and that he was proud of the work he had done around the world.

He started out as a senior software engineer at the company in 2006 and progressed to the position of software-engineering manager in 2019, according to his LinkedIn profile.

On Friday, Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google's parent, Alphabet, sent an email to staff saying Google was laying off about 12,000 employees, roughly 6% of its global workforce. Pichai said he took "full responsibility for the decisions that led us here."

He added that the people were "cut across Alphabet, product areas, functions, levels and regions."

The layoffs affected workers across the company, including some with seven-figure salaries, those with positive performance reviews, and some in managerial positions, The Information reported.

Google managers told the outlet that some who had lost their jobs had been earning between $500,000 and $1 million a year.

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