Google Cloud plans to unfreeze hiring by October, leaked memo says

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Happy Friday, readers! Writing to you from New York, I'm your host, Jordan Parker Erb.

Today, we've got news from inside Google Cloud. A leaked email shows the firm plans to unfreeze hiring by October, reversing a pause that was set in motion in July.

We've got lots to dig into, so let's get to it.

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Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian at Google Cloud Next 2019
Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian at Google Cloud Next 2019

Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian at Google Cloud Next 2019Google

1. A leaked memo shows Google Cloud plans to unfreeze hiring. In an email sent to staff and obtained by Insider, Brad Calder, Cloud's vice president of technical infrastructure, said leadership is aiming to unfreeze hiring by October.

  • The news comes months after Google announced plans to pull back on hiring due to uncertain economic conditions (though the firm has been hiring for critical roles across certain teams).

  • Calder also said Google Cloud must hone its priorities for 2023, and that there are "too many Code Yellows and Purples."

  • Code Yellow refers to issues that may cause business problems or outages over the next quarter, and Code Purple refers to problems that could become Code Yellows if not addressed within a year.

Everything else we learned from the leaked memo. 

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