A Google employee of 11 years says he and his wife stared at each other in ‘disbelief’ when they realized they’d both been laid off by the company
- A Google employee said he and his wife were both laid off by the tech giant in Friday’s mass cull.
- Ashish Kalsi wrote on LinkedIn that they stared at each other in “disbelief” that morning as their daughter slept.
- Kalsi said he’s on an H-1B visa and has a 60-day “countdown” to find a new role or leave the US.
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- Glassdoor released its Best Places to Work in the UK list, with Bain & Company ranking top.
- Bain & Company has consistently appeared on the top four in the US list for 15 years.
- Meta fell of the list this year, while Apple’s ranking dropped, but technology firms still dominated.
Recruitment firm Glassdoor has just released its annual list of the best companies to work for in the UK in 2023.
Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work list has been running for nine years in the UK, ranking the 50 best companies with over a 1,000 employees. The ranking is based on the outcome of its Employee’s Choice Awards through which workers voluntarily provide anonymous reviews and feedback.
Consulting firm Bain & Company topped the list with Google, Salesforce and Service Now in the top ten. Bain & Company also featured highly on Glassdoor’s US list, ranking third with tech firm Gainsight ranked first.
Some 13 industries were recognized in the UK this year including manufacturing, hospitality, finance, transportation, advertising and more. Tech companies dominated with 21 employers mentioned and six in the top ten.
Meta fell of the list despite making the top ten in 2022, while Apple fell from number 23 to 36, since last year. Microsoft remained in the top 20. Meta and Apple weren’t included in the US list entirely this year despite Apple being mentioned every year since 2009 and Meta since 2011.
Both companies were affected by the economic downturn in 2022 and implemented harsh cost-cutting measures. Meta laid off 11,000 people last year — the largest job cut in its history. Meanwhile Apple put in place a hiring freeze.
Bain & Company has maintained its spot on the US list for 15 years, consistently ranking among the top four. The company is known for paying generous six-figure salaries with junior talent making up to $250,000.
Below are the top ten companies that made Glassdoor’s list including industries the companies are a part of, employee reviews, and the five point company rating with the highest score “5.0” meaning “very satisfied.”
A Google engineer said he and his wife stared at each other in “disbelief” upon learning on Friday they’d both been laid off by the company.
Ashish Kalsi, an associate principal of global engagement on Google’s trust and safety team, wrote in a LinkedIn post Wednesday that he and his wife woke up on Friday to find they were both part of the company’s cull of around 12,000 jobs.
Kalsi wrote that his wife woke up at 6:30 a.m. to take a meeting at 7 a.m. but found that her work profile was missing and couldn’t access internal resources on her laptop. Kalsi said he assumed she’d just missed a security update.
“I checked my phone and everything looked normal, except that it wasn’t,” he wrote on LinkedIn. “My wife walked into the room shell shocked — I just held out my phone to show her the email I received — she had got one too.
“Two out of the 12,000 Googlers were staring at each other in disbelief in that room while our two-year-old daughter slept peacefully not knowing (thankfully so) what just hit her family.”
Kalsi said he’d worked at Google for more than 11 years, starting as an evaluator for search quality on the trust and safety team in 2011. He said he worked at Google on an H-1B visa.
“The dreaded H1b countdown has begun and I’m starting to look for roles,” he wrote, referring to the 60-day period immigrants on H-1B visas have to find a new job if they’re laid off before they’re forced to leave the country.
Google didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
In an email to staff on January 20, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google parent Alphabet, announced the company was cutting 6% of its global workforce. Pichai said he took “full responsibility for the decisions that led us here.”
Many Googlers have reported feeling stunned by the harsh and impersonal execution of the layoffs, whereby staff were notified by email.
A couple with a four-month-old baby succumbed to the cuts, Insider’s Grace Dean reported. The mother was on parental leave at the time.