Google: Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, says he is still the boss between the workers' uprisings

by Gerrit De Vynck

Mass layoffs of employees. Leaks for an effort to return to China. Successful demands to stop producing artificial intelligence for the Pentagon. These days, Google employees exercise an unusual level of control over their company.

However, CEO Sundar Pichai noted on Thursday that he is still in charge and that he will not be constantly affected by staff uprisings.

"We do not run the business by referendum," Pichai said in an interview in New York on Thursday. "There are many good things that give employees a lot of voice, from which we have done well."

Internal dynamics may seem chaotic for strangers, but it's not as intense as some people call them to be, he added.

Google employs more than 50,000 full-time employees, but has maintained a more transparent culture than other business owners. Workers openly discuss internal forums and are free to speak their minds at weekly meetings where the directors are asking questions.

On Thursday, thousands of Google employees left their offices around the world to protest the company's behavior for alleged misconduct of some executives. Last week, the New York Times reported that Android developer Andy Rubin received $ 90 million after being dropped for alleged sexual harassment by an employee. Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., says it does not offer payments to people who have been burned for sexual harassment anymore.

The company has also taken heat from US politicians to end an AI contract with the US Army. Pichai said on Thursday that the company is still working with the military on many other projects.