An engineer fired after more than 16 years at Google said ‘faceless’ tech giants view staff as ‘100% disposable’

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A Google engineer who was laid off after 16 years said the tech giant considers its staff “100% disposable”.Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images

  • A tech executive fired by Google said the tech giant considers its staff “100% disposable”.

  • Justin Moore said on LinkedIn that he was fired due to an automatic deactivation of his account.

  • Moore was one of 12,000 people affected by the company’s mass layoff last week.

A Google engineer who was laid off after more than 16 and a half years at the company said in a LinkedIn post that the tech giant considers its workforce “100% disposable.”

Justin Moore, technical manager at Google, was one of 12,000 people affected by Google’s layoff last week. Moore wrote that he found out he was fired through an automated account deactivation at 3am

He said he had not received any other “information” or “communication” about his firing. Even if he has received communication, he cannot access it because of the deactivation.

“This also makes it clear that work isn’t your life, and employers — especially big, faceless ones like Google — see you as 100% disposable,” Moore wrote in the post.

“Live life, not work.”

Moore pointed out that his experience at Google had been “(mostly) amazing” and that he was proud of the work he had done around the world.

Moore joined the company in 2006 as a senior software engineer and rose to the position of software engineering manager in 2019, according to his LinkedIn profile.

On Friday, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google’s parent company Alphabet, sent an email to staff saying it would lay off about 12,000 employees, about 6% of the global workforce. Pichai said he took “full responsibility for the decisions that led us here”.

He added that the layoffs “cut across Alphabet, product areas, functions, levels and regions.”

The layoffs affected employees across the company, including some with seven-figure salaries, those with excellent ratings and some in leadership roles, The Information reported.

Google executives told the outlet that some who lost their jobs were making between $500,000 and $1 million a year.

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