Google CEO tells employees they aren't PRODUCTIVE enough

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boss Sundar Pichai told employees last Wednesday during an all-hands meeting their productivity is lacking and that they need to come up with ideas to help the company become more creative.  

The Alphabet CEO told his staff that he expects them to help as the tech giant evolves to meet new economic challenges. Alphabet is the name of Google’s parent company.

Last year, Pichai said he would allow 20 percent of the company’s staff – about 140,000 workers – to permanently work from home, but their pay would be adjusted based on their work locations. Most workers are required in the office three days a week. 

At last week’s meeting, Pichai told staff: ‘Google’s productivity as a company isn’t where it needs to be even w

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    In the second quarter in 2021, the company had just over 144,000 employees. As of right now, the company has over 174,000 employees, reports    

    Earlier in July, the company’s CEO Sundar Pichai said that Google would slow hiring for the rest of the year while asking employees to be ‘more entrepreneurial, working with greater urgency, sharper focus, and more hunger than we’ve shown on sunnier days,’ according to  

    In the second quarter in 2021, the company had just over 144,000 employees. As of right now, the company has over 174,000 employees

    The CNBC report on last Wednesday’s all-hands meeting said that the company was offering an internal survey through August 15. In the meeting, Pichai told employees that the survey would help the company ‘get better results faster.’ 

    Questions on the survey include: ‘What would help you work with greater clarity and efficiency to serve our users and customers? Where should we remove speed bumps to get to better results faster? How do we eliminate waste and stay entrepreneurial and focused as we grow?,’ CNBC reported. 

    When asked directly if layoffs were planned, Pichai dodged the question, handing it off to chief people officer, Fiona Cicconi, who said that there are no plans to let staff go but didn’t completely rule it out in the future.  

    Last week, Alphabet posted quarterly sales close to Wall Street targets, sending shares up on relief that the world’s biggest seller of online advertising had avoided the deep disappointment of rivals including Snap.

    Sales from Google’s search ad business actually topped expectations, while revenue from YouTube ads, cloud computing and Alphabet’s ‘other bets’ unit all came in lower than anticipated, according to data from FactSet and Refinitiv.  

    Shares of Alphabet were up three percent in after-hours trade after rising to as much as 4.3 percent following the July 26 results bringing the price to $110 per share.

    ‘Despite the underwhelming quarter, expectations were so low that investors blew a sigh of relief,’ said Jesse Cohen, senior analyst at

    Alphabet reported second-quarter revenue of $69.69 billion, 13 percent higher than the year-ago period, and nearly in line with the average expectation of $69.88 billion among investment researchers tracked by Refinitiv.

    The company also barely missed sales expectations in the first quarter. It last missed estimates in consecutive quarters in 2015.  

    An SEC filing from January shows that four Google’s executives saw their base pay rise from $650,000 to $1 million following a fifth straight quarter of record profits. 

    Rising wages as well as rising prices of fuel and other items have forced some ad buyers this year to pare marketing, including even ads on internet services such as Google that served as an essential link to consumers during pandemic lockdowns.

    Last week, Snap Inc and fits Twitter Inc posted disappointing quarterly results, heightening concerns about the slowdown in ad spending. Snap shares plunged 25 percent following its results.  

    The second quarter of 2022 marks the slowest quarterly sales growth posted by Google in two years

    Twitter lost $270 million in the second quarter with company referencing uncertainty over Elon Musk’s acquisition as one of the reasons for the shortfall

    During the quarter, Twitter lost $270 million with company referencing uncertainty over Elon Musk’s acquisition as one of the reasons for the shortfall. 

    Big U.S. multinationals including Alphabet also are increasingly bringing in less cash when converting foreign revenue because of the strong dollar.

    Alphabet said the currency affected sales growth by 3.7%, and that sales would have been close to $72 billion if not for currency swings. About 55 percent of the company’s sales come from outside the United States.  

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