Alphabet Inc.’s Google has revealed plans for a significant workforce restructuring, leading to job cuts in both the voice-activated Google Assistant software and the Devices and Services team, according to a report by Reuters.
The affected workforce includes individuals involved in developing the voice-based Google Assistant and members of the augmented reality hardware team. Employees within the company’s central engineering organization have also felt the impact of these cuts, as reported by Bloomberg.
The layoffs within Google Assistant, initially brought to light by news platform Semafor, are part of a broader organizational shift initiated in the second half of 2023. This restructuring has already affected other areas within the company, including layoffs in the mapping app Waze.
The Devices and Services team is set to witness the elimination of a few hundred roles, primarily in the 1P AR hardware team, as confirmed by a report from tech media website 9to5Google, which first reported on the reorganization.
A Google spokesperson informed Reuters in a statement, “Throughout the second half of 2023, a number of our teams made changes to become more efficient and work better, aligning their resources with their most significant product priorities. Some teams are still implementing these organizational changes, including some role eliminations on a global scale.” As of September 2023, Alphabet boasted a workforce of 182,381 employees worldwide.
In related news, Unity Software, a videogame software provider, has also announced a substantial workforce reduction, amounting to approximately 25 percent of its employees or 1,800 jobs, as stated in a regulatory filing.