Google has informed its employees via an email that it will promote less number of people to more senior levels this year as compared to the past, CNBC news report said.
“The process is manager-led and will be largely similar to last year — though with our slower pace of hiring, we are planning for fewer promotions into L6 and above than when Google was growing quickly,” Google said in an email.
The L6 distinction refers to the first layer of the workforce which is considered senior and normally consists of people with roughly ten years of experience.
The technology giant said it will be promoting fewer people to senior roles to ensure that the number of Googlers in more senior and leadership roles grows in proportion to the growth of the company.
“If your manager believes that you are ready to be promoted, they will nominate you,” Google said.
Google said employees in technical roles who wish to self-nominate themselves will have a short window of time between March 6 and March 8 to do so.
The changes come as the company is implementing a new performance review system called Google Reviews and Development (GRAD), which will lead to more employees getting low-performance ratings and fewer receiving high marks.
On January 20, Google CEO Sundar Pichai confirmed in a letter to employees that about 12,000 people will be laid off globally, accounting for more than 6 percent of the total workforce.