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Google staff anxiety runs high after 12000 colleagues cut

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Google employees, after watching peers at rival tech firms lose their jobs en masse, were anxious about when layoffs would happen to them.

Then on Friday morning, some of them couldn't get into their corporate accounts. The company, owned by Alphabet Inc., had finally decided to cut 12,000 employees, or 6% of the workforce.

Employees described a mostly orderly if impersonal transition, communicated mostly via the same technology products they helped build, with no direct answers for individuals about why they were included or not.

Some found out they lost their jobs via messages sent to their personal email addresses. With no central way to see which roles had been eliminated, the remaining workers took to writing their peers on messaging app Google Chat to see if it worked.

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