Category: Big Tech

Google is scaling back its AI search plans after the summary feature told people to eat glue

Liz Reid at the Google I/O conference in May 2024. Google Google is scaling back AI-generated answers in search results due to errors and criticism. The AI Overviews feature, launched two weeks ago, faced backlash for false and absurd responses. Google is implementing changes to detect nonsensical queries and limit content from forums. Google is pulling back the use of AI-generated answers in search results…

A software engineer worked at Tesla, SAP, and Salesforce. Here’s how he negotiated his salary, including a $520,000 Meta offer.

Hemant Pandey shares his tech salary journey Hemant Pandey Hemant Pandey’s job switches led to significant pay and role improvements. Pandey’s career includes stints at Tesla, SAP, Salesforce, and Meta. Pandey recommends negotiation and leveraging multiple offers for optimal compensation. Software engineer Hemant Pandey worked at four tech companies in six years. Every switch was an opportunity to land a better role and better pay,…

I’m a Google product manager who mentors 10 people a month. Here’s how I pick mentees, based on their messages...

Pandey worked at Amazon and AWS before moving to Google in 2021. Sonakshi Pandey Sonakshi Pandey transitioned from software engineering to solution architecture. Mentoring has sharpened her leadership skills and exposed her to diverse tech fields. She looks for mentees who are self-driven, prepared, and are willing to be honest and vulnerable. This as-told-to essay is based on a conversation with Sonakshi Pandey, a cloud…

An engineer landed jobs at Google and Microsoft with this 2-page résumé — and describes the section she considers a...

Sonakshi Pandey’s resume includes a section on her volunteering and mentorship efforts. Sonakshi Pandey Sonakshi Pandey switched roles at Amazon, then moved to Google to be a customer engineer. Pandey credits mentorship with transitioning her career and growing more confident. Pandey’s résumé includes company blogs and a section on her volunteering and mentorship projects. Sonakshi Pandey did not always feel prepared for the role she…

I worked at Amazon, Tesla, SAP, Salesforce, and Meta. Here’s what I do 24 hours before a big interview.

Hemant Pandey joined Meta in 2021 after working at other tech firms. Hemant Pandey Hemant Pandey, a Meta senior software engineer, suggests exploring the job market every two years. Pandey’s pre-interview prep includes reading up on past interviews and preparing good questions. His strategy not only helps him stand out at interviews but also provides insights into company culture. This as-told-to essay is based on…

Google is co-funding a guaranteed basic income trial that gives families $12,000 a year to help keep them housed

A rainbow over San Francisco Bay. Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu/Getty Images Google is co-funding a $2.8 million guaranteed income pilot in California’s Bay Area. The program will give $12,000 over a year to 225 families to help them secure long-term housing. Universal basic income programs have surged in popularity as a poverty-fighting tool. Alphabet-owned Google is co-funding a pilot program that will give $2.8 million to 450…

Four Google execs got 200% stock payouts for 2023 after strong company performance

Google HQ in Mountain View, California. Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu via Getty Images Four Google executives will receive 200% performance-based stock payouts in 2023. This comes amid layoffs and a turbulent year for the company. Google’s senior VP and chief business officer each got $35 million in stock for 2023. Google parent company Alphabet paid four of its executives tens of millions of dollars in stock payouts…

I was laid off from Google, so I started my own business. It meant taking a $100,000 pay cut, but...

Getty Images; Alyssa Powell/Insider Keith Chaney was laid off from Google in January 2023 from the strategy and partnerships team.  Despite the initial disappointment, Chaney was inspired to take his startup side hustle full-time.  As a founder, his salary is lower than at Google but he loves his job and believes in his company.  This as-told-to essay is based on a transcribed conversation with Keith…