Latest Technology News: Director of Google’s news ecosystem loses job after 13 years

New Delhi,UPDATED: Jul 23, 2023 09:48 IST

By Divyanshi Sharma: Google announced massive layoffs in January this year and around 12,000 people around the world were affected by the decision. And just last month, the company announced job cuts in its Waze mapping app. Since then, stories of Google employees losing their jobs in a recent round of layoffs have surfaced time and time again. Some were fired while on maternity leave, while others received the pink slip while on vacation. Some of Google’s top employees, including the company’s head of mental health, have also lost their jobs in recent layoffs at the company.

And now the director of development for Google’s news ecosystem has taken to LinkedIn and shared a photo of his ID card as he prepares to leave Google after spending 13 years at the company.

Director of development for Google’s news ecosystem loses job

The London-based former Google employee took to LinkedIn and shared that he was leaving Google as part of layoffs at the company. He added that he was “proud” of his accomplishments so far and would be taking August off.

Referencing his accomplishments and thanking his colleagues in his post, he wrote, “And to be clear, not a single thing I mentioned above could have been accomplished without my teammates and colleagues because it’s all a team effort. There are too many to mention but they are a special group and I will miss them all.”

He also said he would spend September in India, taking care of his mum and thinking about work in October.

“And now: I am in the privileged position of being able to (take) some time to figure this out. In the short term, I have pressing family issues that require my full attention, so in the spirit of the Zen proverb that the teacup must be empty before it is full, I will be taking August then spending September caring for my mother in India and not starting to think about work until October with a view to getting more things done in 2024. Time on my hands now. Thank you if you did all the way here and have a great summer and take care,” her post read.

Google contractors say they’re underpaid, stressed

Earlier, a Bloomberg report found that contractors tasked with reviewing and improving Google Bard’s responses said they were “underpaid, overworked and stressed out.”

The report quotes six contractors who said that since the company entered a competitive race with OpenAI, “the magnitude of their workload and the complexity of their tasks have increased.” Without any proper training, contract workers were asked to check answers in fields ranging from medicine to law. The publication also looked at documents in which “convoluted instructions” and tight deadlines were given to workers.

“As it is, people are scared, stressed, underpaid and don’t know what’s going on,” one of the entrepreneurs told the publication and added, “And this culture of fear is not conducive to getting the quality and teamwork you expect from all of us.”

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