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Email Layoff Was ‘Slap in the Face’ After 20 Years

  • Jeremy Joslin, a 20-year Google engineer, said being laid off via email was a “slap in the face.”
  • “It’s as if I dropped off the grid and they have to piece together any knowledge I took,” he added.
  • Other ex-Googlers have criticized the abrupt and impersonal nature of their terminations.

A software engineer described the way he found out Google was laying him off as a “slap in the face.”

Jeremy Joslin, whose LinkedIn profile says he had worked at the tech giant since 2003, said Friday the company gave him the news over email.

“It’s hard for me to believe that after 20 years at Google I unexpectedly find out about my last day via an email,” he tweeted. “What a slap in the face. I wish I could have said goodbye to everyone face to face.”

In a post on LinkedIn, Joslin added: “I never thought it would happen like this.”

Google announced Friday it was laying off about 12,000 employees, or 6% of its global workforce, “across Alphabet, product areas, functions, levels and regions.” CEO Sundar Pichai said the company had hired too quickly and couldn’t keep all its staff on in the current “economic reality.”

‘It’s as if I dropped off the grid’

Ex-Googlers have vented on LinkedIn and Twitter about the abrupt and impersonal nature of their layoffs.

“Being let go via a transactional email without any acknowledgement of your personal time or impact on the company is a difficult way to go out,” Joslin said on LinkedIn. “A little bit of compassion and personal touch can go a long way.”

Joslin said Friday in another LinkedIn comment that