Google parent Alphabet Inc., is slowing hiring for the rest of the year and recalibrating the focus of its investments in areas like data centers and marketing amid coronavirus pandemic.
“We believe now is the time to significantly slow down the pace of hiring, while maintaining momentum in a small number of strategic areas where users and businesses rely on Google for ongoing support, and where our growth is critical to their success,” CEO Sundar Pichai said in an e-mail to the employees.
"By dialing back our plans in other areas, we can ensure Google emerges from this year at a more appropriate size and scale than we would otherwise. That means we need to carefully prioritize hiring employees who will address our greatest user and business needs. Your leads will be in touch with you about how this will work for your team".
Pichai noted that the web search giant hired 20,000 employees last year in 2019. The company planned a similar hiring activity this year with 4,000 employees already being hired and few are yet to be onboarded.
Google is also "recalibrating the focus and pace of our investments in areas like data centers and machines, and non business essential marketing and travel" Pichai stated.
The company is making the decisions in wake of the continued economic uncertainty caused by the pandemic.
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