Friday, November 14, 2008

Google Finally Starts Firing Slackers?

Sluggish economy is catching up with the big players as well. Times are changing at Google: You can't slack off and expect to keep your job anymore, reports a reader who says he's an employee:

Here is what he had to say:
'Recent change in behavior here at Google... it used to be nearly impossible to get fired for general underperformance, but about a week ago word went out to managers that this was a good time to get rid of any people who were underperforming. There have been a couple people I know who got called into meetings with HR and told they were being let go and given a week to "say goodbye to people and come up with whatever story they wanted about why they were leaving."

This isn't the predictable letting contract recruiters go when you aren't hiring anyone, although that's happening too.

It's also clearly reasonable and fair that if you don't do much work you will lose your job, but it's a dramatic change in how Google operates that hasn't even been publicly announced to employees

This seems plausible. Analysts say Google (GOOG) could be going through a rough quarter, and Google CEO Eric Schmidt told Bloomberg that Google had begun cutting costs. Also, there's been a sudden rash of new ad products and policies aimed at turning up new revenues.

1 comment:

  1. This is also occuring in security industries as well. Sometimes, a private contract security guards got away sleeping on their jobs doing 12 hour shifts 7 days a week as they got paid time and a half on half of their work, but now, not only did they cut back all that overtime, they have begun to terminate security guards who are caught sleeping.