Scoop: Google trims global policy staff
Google has eliminated roles on its Government Affairs team as regulatory scrutiny over the tech giant is at an all-time high, Axios has learned.
Why it matters: Tech firms have gone through tumultuous periods of growth and hiring followed by sharp downturns that result in lowering employee headcount.
- In January, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai announced 12,000 employees would be laid off.
What they're saying: "We've made some internal changes to our Government Affairs organization to invest for the long-term," a Google spokesperson told Axios, adding that hundreds of employees will still be working on policy issues for the company.
- "This will impact a small number of roles and we're supporting everyone through this transition."
- Per a source familiar with the situation, about 20 positions are impacted.
- People will be given chances to apply to different roles within the organization.