Google said Thursday that it is cutting 200 sales and marketing job across the globe.
In a blog post, the company said:
We have informed Googlers that we plan to reduce the number of roles within our sales and marketing organizations by just under 200 globally. Making changes of this kind is never easy—and we recognize that the recession makes the timing even more difficult for the Googlers concerned. We did look at a number of different options but ultimately concluded that we had to restructure our organizations in order to improve our effectiveness and efficiency as a business.
Google added that the company created overlapping units that duplicated and complicated efforts.
At the end of 2008, Google employed 20,222 full-time employees.
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