Google has really changed: bureaucracy is mismanaged, and employees are over 100,000
Sundar Pichai, the new CEO of Alphabet, Google's parent company, started his first year on the road on Jan. The job is full of challenges, one of which is how to lead an army of eight times the number of employees ten years ago. Some senior Google employees have complained recently that the adjustment of organizational structure and the change of founders' vision have made them unable to recognize Google, which is no longer the company they originally joined.
Explaining his departure, Ross LaJeuness, Google's former head of international relations, said he had been booted out of the company for raising human rights concerns. He said that in the early days of google's founding, corporate executives often preached that ethical standards were higher than profits, and that it was impossible for him to be kicked out of the company.
One factor that has changed is undoubtedly the company's rapid, sustained growth. When Eric Schmidt took over as CEO from Google co-founder Larry Page in 2001, Google had fewer than 300 employees at the time. By the time the company went public in 2004, the number of employees had grown ninefold to more than 3,000, according to Google's annual report.
When page took over as Google's CEO again in 2011, the number of Google employees grew nine times, more than 32000. More than four years later, Google was reorganized into alphabet, and the number of employees nearly doubled to 61814. As part of the restructuring, alphabet separated Google from other businesses such as Google x, Google fiber and Google venture capital. Pichai was promoted to CEO. Page continues as CEO of alphabet.
The 20-year growth trend of Google employees
By 2018, alphabet had more than 89000 employees. Google said at the time that its employees outside its Silicon Valley headquarters grew faster, opening offices and data centers across the United States, including a new campus in New York with an area of 1.7 million square feet (160000 square meters) and a capacity of 7000 employees.
When the two co founders of Google officially resigned as CEO and president in December 2019 and appointed Pichai as CEO of alphabet, the total number of employees of alphabet has exceeded 114000. According to the alphabet file, the business with the largest increase in the number of employees is Google cloud and search.
Some former Google employees say the growth has not been properly managed. A former Google engineering director said one of the reasons he left Google was that senior management began to pay extra attention to the total number of employees in recent years and there was bureaucracy. That's why Google's reluctance to fire underperforming team members has affected him and other departments.
As the number of employees continues to grow rapidly, Google's headquarters in the bay area needs more office space. In 2019, Google announced plans to build an 8 million square foot (740000 square meters) park near San Jose with 20000 employees, less than 15 miles (24 kilometers) from Google's mountain view headquarters. Then Google announced another $1 billion to help solve the housing crisis in San Francisco.