Another Google employee commits suicide!
A 31-year-old senior software engineer at Google jumped to his death from the 14th floor of the company’s New York City headquarters on Thursday night around 11:30 pm. The name of the employee has not been released, and his death has not yet been announced to his family.
That night, police received multiple 911 calls reporting a man lying on the ground near a building.
When the police arrived, they found the man unconscious and immediately transported him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Sources say investigators found handprints on the outdoor platform window on the 14th floor, but no notes or letters were found at the scene.
Just a few months before this employee’s death, Jacob Pratt, a 33-year-old Google employee, was found dead in an apparent suicide at Google’s Manhattan headquarters.
A spokesperson for the New York City Police Department said that Pratt had apparently hanged himself in an apartment in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, not far from Google’s office.
According to his LinkedIn page, Pratt was a “partnership lead” at Google, while an obituary referred to him as a “accounting manager” (also a “partnership lead”) at the company where he had worked for nearly four years. As of now, Google has not made any statements regarding the incident.
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Annual salary of 226 million! Google CEO’s significant pay raise has angered employees…
Google CEO Sundar Pichai received a substantial pay raise last year, making him one of the highest-paid CEOs in the United States.
As news of another Google employee’s suicide emerges, the company’s CEO Sundar Pichai has come under fire for accepting a massive pay rise. Pichai’s salary was increased last year, making him one of the highest-paid CEOs in the US. However, Alphabet, Google’s parent company, has been actively cutting costs, including laying off 12,000 employees to address slower revenue growth.
These measures have caused dissatisfaction among Google employees. Since the disclosure of Pichai’s salary, there has been a wave of discussions and memes on internal platforms, with many criticizing Pichai for accepting a pay rise while the company is cutting costs.
According to documents filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Pichai’s 2022 pay package amounts to $226 million, most of which comes from a stock incentive worth $218 million, paid once every three years. The package also includes nearly $6 million in personal security services and $2 million in base salary.
In comparison, Pichai’s 2021 pay package was $6.3 million, which included $2 million in base salary and $4.3 million in other compensation, but no stock incentives.
This is not the first time that Pichai has faced criticism for his recent decisions. In January of this year, Pichai said he took “full responsibility” for the situation that led to company-wide layoffs.
At an all-hands meeting, employees asked Pichai why executives were taking pay cuts if he was taking responsibility. Pichai responded that senior vice presidents were “taking big cuts to their bonuses” and that he would also be forgoing his bonus.
Employees compare Pichai with industry leaders such as Apple CEO Tim Cook, Zoom CEO Eric Yuan, and Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson, claiming that while Pichai receives a generous salary, these CEOs have chosen to reduce their own compensation when their companies faced crises.
For example, Cook’s target total compensation for 2022 has been cut by more than 40%, while Zoom’s CEO has said he will take a 98% pay cut and refuse a raise.
On the one hand, some netizens recalled a tragic incident in 2008. On November 14th, 2008, Jinghua Wu, a test engineer in Silicon Valley, returned to his company hours after being laid off and demanded to speak with management. He then opened fire in a conference room, killing three top executives of the company, including the Indian-American CEO, the COO, and the head of HR.
Wu and his wife had invested in a total of 19 properties and parcels of land in California, Arkansas, Florida, Washington, and Vancouver, Canada. These real estate assets were valued at around $2.4 million, with loans of nearly $2 million.
In August 2007, with the outbreak of the subprime mortgage crisis, the value of their assets began to plummet.
In 2008, the subprime mortgage crisis led to a larger financial storm, and the high-tech industry in Silicon Valley began to lay off workers on a large scale. Wu’s wife was laid off at the beginning of the year, leaving their three children in need of care.
Unemployment meant that the properties they had invested in would be repossessed and auctioned off by the bank due to the break in the monthly payment funding chain. The money they had invested for many years had turned into nothing, and they also owed the bank a large sum of money.
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