When companies feel stressed

Alex Ewerlöf (moved to substack)
1 min readSep 18, 2022


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Google has been a respected leader in the software industry for a long time. This internal memo from their CEO reveals some interesting bits:

  1. Even a giant (both in terms of number of employees and revenue) is going into cost saving mode. The sh*t is serious! 😬
  2. Although they’re slowing down recruitment due to “uncertain global economic outlook”, when they do hire, the focus is on “engineering, technical and other critical roles”. Phew! 😅

Since I’ve moved to substack, this article went live in mid July but for my Medium followers, here you can read the full story where I go through how a cost-cutting strategy led to the greatest collaboration effort of all time.

See you on the other side.