Now, Google employees are exerting extraordinary influence on the company. Many workers went on strike for protest. Employees exposed Google's plans to return to the Chinese market. Staff successfully prevented Google from developing the Military Ai project for the US Department of defense. But Sundar Pichai, Google's CEO, said on Thursday that he was still in charge of the company and that his decision would not be affected by employee protests.
He adds that Google employees are very active inside the company, which may seem confusing to people outside the company, but they are not as aggressive with the company as some people describe it.
Google employs more than 50,000 full-time employees, but has always maintained a more transparent culture than other technology giants. Employees can have open discussions in internal forums, speak freely at weekly staff meetings, and ask questions to executives.
Thousands of Google employees around the world walked out of their offices Thursday to protest against Google's failure to properly handle some executives suspected of sexual harassment. Last week, the New York Times reported that Andy Rubin, the father of Android, still received $90 million in severance pay after being accused of sexual harassment by employees. Google said it would no longer provide severance pay for employees who were dismissed because of sexual harassment.
Google has been criticized by American politicians for terminating its AI development contract with the U.S. Department of Defense. The company is still cooperating with the US military in many other projects, he said.