Google wants to classify 10,000 employees as “low performers”

Redundancies have been a constant and, apparently, not many companies will be left out of the trend. The most recent example is Google, which wants to classify 10,000 employees as “low performers”.

This classification may result in layoffs or loss of bonus.

Mass layoffs are becoming a trend among tech giants. In recent weeks, we’ve seen Meta lay off 11,000 employees, Twitter lays off 5,000 of its 7,500 employees following the arrival of Elon Musk, and we’ve read rumors claiming that Amazon is considering laying off around 10,000 people.

The novelty now comes from Google. According to The Information, Google, which until now was managing to retain its employees, may lay off a considerable portion of people at the beginning of next year. The speculation arose, following a request made by the company to its managers.


According to The Information, Google asked its managers to create a “blacklist” with about 10,000 employees, affecting 6% of the current workforce. To enter this list, the person must be performing a “low performance”, in the manager’s opinion.

According to the data collected by the source, the internal evaluation system used previously had already resulted in the inclusion of 2% of the global workforce in the “black list”. However, now, they intend to extend it, in order to detect employees who, for various reasons, are considered “low performers”. In addition to that, there is also a list that gathers the names of the best employees. In turn, the percentage of people to be included in this was reduced.

CEO of Google

Already in August, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, warned employees of the need to improve productivity, having invited them to fill out a questionnaire to identify the less necessary areas of business within the company.

This “blacklist” may not only result in redundancies, as The Information shared that there is also the possibility that employees who are identified as being “underperforming” will not receive their bonus.

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