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Google layoffs affect its Python, Flutter and Dart team ahead of I/O 2024



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Google’s annual I/O developer conference scheduled for May is just around the corner but reports have emerged indicating significant layoffs across key teams such as Flutter, Dart, Python, and others. Affected employees took to social media platforms to share their experiences, prompting confirmation of the layoffs by Google to TechCrunch. However, the tech giant refrained from specifying the affected teams, roles, or the exact number of individuals impacted.

Google spokesperson Alex García-Kummert emphasized the company’s commitment to responsible investment in its top priorities and significant future opportunities. He stated that various teams underwent changes in the latter half of 2023 and into 2024 to enhance efficiency, streamline operations, and align resources with major product priorities. While the layoffs were not characterized as company-wide, Google clarified that they were part of routine reorganizations aimed at optimizing business operations. Affected employees are reportedly eligible to apply for other open positions within Google.

In response to the layoffs, a Flutter and Dart product manager highlighted the widespread impact across numerous teams, lamenting the loss of talent and projects. However, he reassured the community of Google’s continued dedication to Flutter and Dart development, emphasizing the company’s commitment to the projects and their future.

Similarly, concerns were raised regarding the Python team’s layoffs, particularly given Python’s significance in AI-related tooling. However, Google clarified that it didn’t entirely eliminate the Python team but replaced it with a new group based in Munich, according to Python Steering Council member Thomas Wouters.

While Google did not disclose specific headcount figures, a WARN notice filed on April 24 indicated layoffs totaling 50 employees across three Sunnyvale locations. CNBC reported a broader impact, suggesting that a total of 200 people were let go across Google’s “Core” teams, including those involved in Python, app platforms, and other engineering roles. Some positions were reportedly shifted to India and Mexico, as per internal documents cited by CNBC.

The layoffs have sparked discussions regarding Google’s strategic realignment and the potential implications for various projects and teams. Despite the restructuring, Google assured the community of its ongoing commitment to innovation and its major product initiatives. As the company prepares for its highly anticipated I/O developer conference, it is worth looking at how the company is looking at things especially with how it has shaked up its search engine results and also the imminent release of SGE.

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