Louise Coyne was a contractor. Google never contacted her to confirm she’d been laid off, she said.
Instead, contractors found out they’d lost their jobs by being locked out of corporate accounts.
An ex-Google recruiter says the way the company laid staff off made her feel like she was “just a number.”
Louise Coyne told Insider she was on paid leave when CEO Sundar Pichai announced Google was laying off 12,000 workers, or around 6.4% of its workforce, on January 20.
Coyne said she heard the news when a colleague messaged her, saying that a number of people on her team – which recruited Google Cloud staff – had been locked out of their work accounts. Coyne, who had worked at Google’s Dublin office for around 18 months through an agency, said that all the contractors within the people operations division in Dublin were laid off.
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Coyne said she never received any news about her termination from Google itself. Her agency sent an email, viewed by Insider, a few hours after the contractors lost access to work systems, saying Google had informed it that afternoon that their roles had been cut “due to internal operational changes.”
Another Google recruiter based in Dublin told Insider he found out he’d lost his job when he was gradually locked out of company systems, culminating in a call with one of his candidates disconnecting.
The nature of the layoffs was “horrifying,” Coyne said.
“To be quite honest, it’s just such a ‘fuck you, you’re just a number’ kind of mentality