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Google layoffs: Sundar Pichai-led Alphabet's arm fires entire Python team, says report

Google has laid off several employees in the past few weeks to slash costs. According to a report, the Sundar Pichai-led Alphabet's arm has fired its entire Python team for ‘cheap’ labour.

The US Python team, which had less than 10 members, used to manage most parts of Google's Python ecosystem.Premium
The US Python team, which had less than 10 members, used to manage most parts of Google's Python ecosystem.

Over the last few weeks, Google has laid off several of its employees in a bid to slash costs. The most recent job cuts struck its entire Python team following a move aimed at reducing costs by hiring less expensive labour outside the United States, the Free Press Journal reported on April 28. The report underlined that the Sundar Pichai-led company would essentially set up a new team in Germany's Munich, that would act as "cheaper" labour.

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Python is a highly sophisticated, general-purpose programming language. A Social.coop post on Mastodon (cited by Hacker News) quoted comments from one of the former members of the Google Python team, who was highly disappointed by the lay-offs. The person mentioned that the two-decade career at Google was the best job ever. Another employee shared how painful it was to see his entire team, including the manager, being laid off and replaced with remote workers abroad. This reflected the human side of the downsides of capitalism and disillusionment with the American dream, the report further stated.

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The US Python team, which had less than 10 members, used to manage most parts of Google's Python ecosystem. They used to maintain the stability of Python at Google, updated with thousands of third-party packages, and developed a type-checker, as per the report.

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Meanwhile, Business Insider reported that Google has also cut staff from its real estate and finance departments. Google's finance chief, Ruth Porat, tells employees in an email that the restructuring includes expanding growth to Bangalore, Mexico City, and Dublin, as per the report.

The tech giant also laid off hundreds of positions in different teams, including engineering and hardware, in January as part of its intensification of investments and development in artificial intelligence technologies.

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Published: 29 Apr 2024, 01:14 PM IST
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