Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google Inc., speaks during an event in New Delhi on December 19, 2022.

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Google is warning employees that fewer of them will be promoted to higher levels this year than last year.

“The process is manager-driven and will be largely similar to last year’s — although due to the slower pace of hiring, we anticipate fewer promotions to L6 and above than when Google was growing rapidly,” the company said in an email. watched CNBC. The L6 distinction refers to the first level of staff, which is considered senior and usually includes people with around ten years of experience.

The changes come as Google implements a new performance review system called Google Reviews and Development (GRAD), which CNBC reported in December will result in more Googlers receiving low performance reviews and fewer high ones. An insider previously reported this in an email on Monday.

Like many large technology companies, Google has a sprawling middle management. According to the results of last year’s internal survey, this has impaired the company’s ability to deliver products effectively. Google is also trying to cut costs as growth slows and recession worries persist. The company has slowed hiring and announced in January that it was cutting 12,000 jobs, or about 6% of its workforce.

In an email Monday, Google said it was promoting fewer people to senior roles “to ensure that the number of Googlers in more senior and management positions grows in proportion to the company’s growth.”

“If your manager feels you are ready for a promotion, they will nominate you,” the email said. Workers in technical positions who want to “self-select” will have a “short window of time” from March 6 to 8 to do so, the email said.

Google did not immediately comment on the story.

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