""Hundreds" of employees have been let go in the past few
months, the company's sources claim -- and, they say, a loophole
has allowed Google to keep quiet about the cutbacks. The trick,
WebGuild reports, all comes down to categories: Google classifies
about 10,000 of its workers as "temporary operational expenses,"
which means their positions are not official and could be
eliminated without public notification. (Google officially reports
having just over 20,000 full-fledged employees on staff. The
additional 10,000 "temporary" positions speculated would bring the
actual total to 30,000.)
""Google has hundreds of lawyers figuring out how not to get
caught," WebGuild President Daya Baran suggests. "One of them is by
moving workers from job to job every few months so that their
status remains temporary. That is why you probably have never
spoken to the same person twice at Google and that is also why
there is somebody new on the job and most times you know more about
their job than they do," he says."
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