Google Layoffs Coming Soon

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Pink slip Via NY Times - Schmidt, Google’s CEO, announced that the Google acquisition of Doubleclick is official. And then in true corporate mumbo jumbo he helps us read the tea leafs: Layoffs Coming Soon.

An immediate task we’ll undertake over the next few weeks is matching and aligning DoubleClick employees with our organizational plan for the business. This will involve determining the right staffing levels for all functions and will ensure that we have the right people assigned to the right responsibilities within Google. We plan to complete this process in the U.S. by early April.

Outside the U.S., the steps we will propose are subject to consultation with employee representatives where applicable, and of course any decisions will be made in accordance with local law. The exact timing of the process outside the U.S. will vary based on the needs and requirements of each region.

As with most mergers, there may be reductions in headcount. We expect these to take place in the U.S. and possibly in other regions as well. We know that DoubleClick is built on the strength of its people. For this reason we’ll strive to minimize the impact of this process on all of our clients and employees.

My translation:We will immediately figure out who at DoubleClick we want to keep and who we want to fire. That will happen now in the U.S. Outside the U.S., labor laws make it harder to fire people, but we will get rid of those people at some point too. And then we will get back to kicking Microhoo’s butt.

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Via a post by Dave Winer at Twitter:

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