SAN FRANCISCO — Google Inc., the company that always seems to be hiring, has finally started firing.
And it's beginning with the people responsible for the hiring.
The Web search giant, which went from a dorm-room start-up to nearly 25,000 employees in a decade, said Wednesday that it planned to let go about 100 recruiters.
It also intends to shutter three engineering offices.
In the face of a broad advertising slowdown, Google had slowed its hiring and eliminated most of the contractors it used to find and recruit people.
"After much consideration, we have with great regret decided that we need to go further," Laszlo Bock, Google's vice president of people operations, wrote in a post on the company's official blog.