Google unveils a new recruitment strategy
Google informed its employees that fewer of them will be promoted to higher levels this year compared to the past. The company stated in an email that the promotion process will be similar to last year, and despite the slow pace of hiring, they plan for fewer promotions at the L6 level and above compared to when Google was growing rapidly. This information was reported by CNBC and verified by Al Arabiya. The L6 level refers to the first functional grade that is considered to be experienced or the second and third ranks in management, typically including individuals with around 10 years of experience.
The changes come at a time when Google is implementing a new performance review system called Google Reviews and Development (GRAD), which will result in more Google employees receiving low performance ratings and fewer of them receiving promotions.
Like many large technology companies, Google has a sprawling middle management. The company is also trying to reduce costs amid slowing growth and ongoing recession fears. It slowed hiring and announced in January that it would be eliminating 12,000 jobs, or about 6% of its workforce.
In the email sent on Monday, the technology giant stated that it is targeting fewer people in senior positions “to ensure a proportional number of positions in senior and leadership roles that align with the company’s growth.”