A Google Employee, Dismissed After 19 Years, Candidly Discusses the Challenge: ‘Layoffs Are Tough


In a recent announcement, Google revealed a wave of layoffs affecting hundreds of employees across its voice assistant and hardware teams, including Pixel, Nest, and Fitbit.

Among those affected was Kevin Bourrillion, a dedicated employee of 19 years who shared his journey on social media platform X. Despite the challenges, Bourrillion expressed gratitude for his time at Google and shared plans for the future, embracing activities like cycling, reading, drum lessons, travel, and quality family time.

The layoffs, according to a Google spokesperson, were part of the company’s strategic efforts to enhance efficiency and align resources with major product priorities. The hardware and engineering departments bore the brunt, impacting teams such as augmented reality and central engineering. This move underscores the dynamic nature of the tech industry, where adaptation and efficiency remain paramount. Bourrillion’s story not only reflects the inevitability of change but also the resilience and positive outlook necessary to navigate it.