“ Given the state of the economy, we recognized that we needed fewer people focused on hiring... we need to go further and reduce the overall size of our recruiting organization by approximately 100 positions. We know this change will be very difficult for the people concerned, and we hope that many of them will be able to find new roles at Google. They helped build this company, new hire by new hire , and we are enormously grateful for everything they have done.”
Laszlo Bock, Vice President, People Operations (2009)
“ Since services and information are our most successful exports, if regulations in China effectively prevent us from being competitive , then they are a trade barrier " Co-Founder Sergey Brin 24 March 2010
“ The decision to review our business operations in China has been incredibly hard, and we know that it will have potentially far-reaching consequences.
We want to make clear that this move was driven by our executives in the United States, without the knowledge or involvement of our employees in China who have worked incredibly hard to make Google.cn the success it is today.
We are committed to working responsibly to resolve the very difficult issues raised .”
12 January 2010 David Drummond, Chief legal officer
Google in the News Google China Employees in Limbo 13/1/2010 , WSJ Google China Employees Given Holiday Leave, Networks Being Scrutinized 14/1/2010 BBC China 600 employees in Google China may lose their jobs, some have been transferred to Hong Kong 15/1/2010, Sina Google China Is Hiring as Withdrawal Concerns Ease 23/2/2010, Business Week Google starts hiring again in China 2/3/2010, Business Insider
“ In terms of Google's wider business operations, we intend to continue R&D work in China and also to maintain a sales presence there, though the size of the sales team will obviously be partially dependent on the ability of mainland Chinese users to access Google.com.hk .
Finally, we would like to make clear that all these decisions have been driven and implemented by our executives in the United States, and that none of our employees in China can, or should, be held responsible for them.
Despite all the uncertainty and difficulties they have faced since we made our announcement in January, they have continued to focus on serving our Chinese users and customers . We are immensely proud of them .”
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