Google employees fall victim to restructuring

Search giant lays off nearly 200 from sales and marketing roles worldwide

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By  Vineetha Menon Published  March 29, 2009

Google has decided to restructure its sales and marketing organisations which will result in letting go of nearly 200 employees worldwide.

The search giant admits that it has over-invested in some areas and made mistakes, which it blames on rapid growth over a short span of time.

“In some areas we've created overlapping organizations which not only duplicate effort but also complicate the decision-making process. That makes our teams less effective and efficient than they should be,” wrote Omid Kordestani, senior VP of Global Sales and Business Development in a company blog post.

It now plans to lay off just under 200 employees and admits that the ongoing recession makes the timing a lot more inconvenient.

“We did look at a number of different options but ultimately concluded that we had to restructure our organizations in order to improve our effectiveness and efficiency as a business. We will give each person time to try and find another position at Google, as well as outplacement support, and provide severance packages for those who leave the company,” Kordestani added.

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