Google Cloud Will Unlock Hiring By Q4, Leaked Memo Says

  • Google Cloud aims to unlock hiring in more areas of the organization by October, according to a leaked memo.
  • Its vice president of infrastructure said the cloud must also define its priorities for 2023.
  • “We have too many Code Yellows and Purples,” he told staff in the memo.

Google Cloud will unlock hiring in other areas of the organization by October, according to a memo sent to staff on Wednesday and obtained by Insider.

In an email to employees, Brad Calder, vice president of Cloud technical infrastructure, acknowledged the company-wide hiring pause and said Cloud management is still unblocking hirings “for a few areas” for the fourth quarter.

“We expect to complete this process by the beginning of October,” he added.

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Google said in July it would cut hiring due to uncertain economic conditions, then it implemented a two-week hiring freeze. That freeze was quietly extended, though the company re-hired for critical roles on some teams.

“Google Cloud has never stopped hiring. We continue to aggressively hire for critical roles that support our long-term goals and the needs of our customers,” a Google Cloud spokesperson said. The spokesperson added that individual Google Cloud teams will decide whether or not to unlock hiring based on that team’s needs and priorities.

In the memo, Calder also said he was working with cloud leadership to provide employees with a “clearer prioritization of our top priorities” for 2023.

“We have too many code yellows and purples, too many horizontals, and we have key programs where the requirements won’t be understood until we deepen their understanding,” he wrote.

“Code Yellow” refers to issues that may cause business issues or outages in the next quarter, and “Code Purple” refers to issues that could become Code Yellows if not resolved within a year. Horizontals refer to goals set by senior management that span all organizations.

“As we plan for 2023, I will work with our leadership team to agree on our top priorities and how we handle incoming priority change requests, as this is definitely an area we need to improve,” Calder wrote. in the memo. The spokesperson said color-coding projects were “nothing new” and “have long been a way for us to prioritize projects.”

Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai also said he wanted to increase business efficiency and increase worker productivity. In July, it launched a “simplicity sprint” to gather employee feedback on areas that could be improved and has since begun implementing changes such as reducing meetings and simplifying goals.

Google has also started making cuts in some areas. On Wednesday, Bloomberg reported that Google was cutting plans for its Area 120 incubator and asking workers to seek new roles within the company.

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