Google Cloud will unblock its hiring break, which Google initially took several months ago in a few areas, according to an internal Google memo.
Google Cloud is unblocking Google’s hiring break in “a few areas” at the fast-growing cloud giant, according to a recent internal memo sent to employees.
By October, Google Cloud plans to “complete” the unfreezing of employee hiring in certain areas, which was first implemented at parent company Google in July.
Brad Calder, vice president of Google Cloud Platform and technical infrastructure, said in a note to employees that leaders of some cloud teams were still trying to restart the hiring process in a few Google Cloud areas in September.
“We expect to complete this process by early October,” Calder said in his memo, which was obtained by CRN.
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Google added 10,000 employees in the second quarter; More Via Mandiant
In July, Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said Google Cloud’s parent company was temporarily suspending hiring of employees.
“We will slow down our hiring and sharpen our focus as a business,” Pichai said during Google’s second-quarter financial results call with media and analysts in July.
However, it looks like Google’s scorching cloud business wouldn’t have too big of an impact in terms of a company-wide hiring freeze, as Google would still be hiring technical talent.
“We are still focused on hiring engineers, technicians and other critical roles,” Pichai added.
In the second quarter of 2022, Alphabet’s chief financial officer, Ruth Porat, said the company had added more than 10,000 employees to its workforce.
“As for Alphabet’s headcount, we added 10,108 people in the second quarter with the majority of hires in technical roles,” Porat said.
Google’s chief financial officer said that although the company would “slow the pace of hiring” in the second quarter, Google expects “our hiring actions to become more apparent” in 2023.
“Our headcount additions in the third quarter will reflect that we already have a significant number of commitments, including the hiring of new graduates,” Porat said.
The Mountain View, Calif.-based company’s third fiscal quarter ends September 30, 2022.
Google also onboarded thousands of new employees from Mandiant, which the company formally acquired in September for $5.4 billion in a blockbuster security deal.
“While we expect the pace of headcount growth to slow next year, we will continue to hire for critical roles, particularly focused on top technical and engineering talent,” Porat said.
Google Cloud sales growth and operating loss
Google Cloud generated $6.3 billion in its second quarter of 2022, representing a 36% year-over-year increase.
However, Google Cloud recorded a loss of $858 million in the second quarter of 2022, compared to a loss of $591 million in the second quarter of 2021.
The Google Cloud business includes Google’s infrastructure and platform services, collaboration tools, and other services for customers.
Pichai has been steadfast in recent years that technology is the long-term goal and vision for the company as a whole.
“With an uncertain global economic outlook, our strategy of investing in advanced technology and computing to create useful long-term products is the right one,” he said in July.