In a surprising turn of events, Kevin Bourrillion, a dedicated Google employee with an impressive 19-year tenure, recently faced an unexpected career transition. Having spent over 16 years leading the team he founded, Bourrillion found himself laid off, prompting him to share his thoughts on social media.
“End of an era! After 19 years of working at Google with more than 16 of them on the team that I founded, I made the tough decision yesterday morning to finally bite the bullet and find out that I’d been laid off overnight,” Bourrillion revealed on his social media accounts.
Despite the challenges that accompany a layoff, Bourrillion maintained a surprisingly positive perspective. “Layoffs suck, but in my case… it’s fine because I’ve needed some kind of change in my life for a very long time. And I have no plans to rush into anything else right now,” he shared.
End of an era! After 19 years of working at @Google, with more than 16 of them on the team that I founded, I made the tough decision yesterday morning to finally bite the bullet and find out that I’d been laid off overnight.
— Kevin Bourrillion (@kevinb9n) January 12, 2024
Rather than dwelling on the setback, Bourrillion expressed eagerness to explore new pursuits, including cycling, reading, restarting drum lessons, travel, and spending quality time with his family.
“No expressions of sympathy are called for in my case! And with that, I’m off to go figure out how to actually live my life!” he exclaimed.
Bourrillion’s departure aligns with Alphabet Inc.’s recent announcement of layoffs in its digital assistant, hardware, and engineering teams.
A Google spokesperson addressed the layoffs, explaining, “Throughout the second half of 2023, a number of our teams made changes to become more efficient and work better, and to align their resources to their biggest product priorities. Some teams are continuing to make these kinds of organizational changes, which include some role eliminations globally.”
The affected employees, including those from the Google Assistant and augmented reality hardware teams, will have the opportunity to apply for open positions elsewhere within Google.
Kevin Bourrillion’s story serves as a testament to the resilience and optimism one can embrace when faced with unexpected career shifts, inspiring others to see change as an opportunity for personal growth and exploration.