Then Ms. Naughton and Ms. Brown, together with Susan Wojcicki, chief govt of Google’s YouTube, and Ruth Porat, Google’s chief monetary officer, answered questions from staff, the folks stated. Mr. Pichai attended, however Google’s founders, Larry Web page and Sergey Brin, who generally seem at employees conferences, didn’t.
The assembly lasted over an hour, the folks stated. Some employees requested why contractors didn’t get the identical safety from harassment as full-time staff. In a solution to a different query about tips on how to change Google’s govt tradition, Urs Hölzle, a senior vice chairman and one of many earliest staff, urged employees to view executives as people and never as one group, the folks stated.
One other worker stated Mr. Pichai additionally appeared dismissive of the concept of an worker consultant on the board. Mr. Pichai stated that was a choice for the board to make, the individual stated.
Google declined to touch upon the assembly particulars.
After The Occasions reported on how Google had generously handled executives accused of sexual misconduct, Mr. Pichai and Mr. Web page apologized to staff. Mr. Pichai additionally stated that Google had fired 48 folks over two years in response to claims of harassment and that none had acquired an exit bundle.
However their statements did little to quell rising worker anger. Many employees expressed their unhappiness on inner message boards and in conferences, in addition to on Twitter and different social media. Some started to arrange a walkout.
[Read our columnist’s interview with Mr. Pichai: “Technology Doesn’t Solve Humanity’s Problems.”]
On Thursday final week, round 20,000 Google staff walked out of labor throughout the globe — together with in Singapore, in London and on the firm’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. — to indicate their dissatisfaction. They chanted slogans equivalent to “Rise up! Combat again!” Some additionally held indicators that stated “Time’s Up” and “Don’t be evil, defend victims, not harassers.”
The staff additionally listed their calls for. The decision for extra transparency was spurred by how Google usually handles inner complaints by means of its worker relations division, which is staffed by many employment attorneys. Present and former staff have stated complainants are sometimes not advised in regards to the particulars of subsequent investigations, whereas some stated they didn’t know they have been being investigated by worker relations till questioned about what actions they’d taken.