Late last year, Amazon revealed that it will cut as many as 18,000 jobs. Now, the company has confirmed that more jobs will be cut. According to a report by CNBC, this will be the biggest number of layoffs in the company’s history.
Why is Amazon laying off employees?
In November 2022, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy sent a memo to all employees informing them about job cuts. Jassy told employees that the company had to make the decision as “the economy remains in a challenging spot and we’ve hired rapidly the last several years.” Jassy also said that “Amazon has weathered uncertainty and difficult economies in the past, and we will continue to do so.”
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However, Amazon’s head of HR, Beth Galetti sent an email to employees informing them about more job cuts. Here’s the email in full – first published by CNBC – which Galetti sent to employees;
Today we took the difficult step of reducing roles across Amazon. While several teams are impacted, the majority of role eliminations are in our WW Amazon Stores business and our People Experience & Technology (PXT) organization .
Conversations with impacted employees took place around the world today, and this morning, Pacific Time, notification messages were sent to all impacted employees in the U.S., Canada, and Costa Rica. We are providing impacted employees with a number of resources, and PXT leaders will host country-specific information sessions for the U.S. and Canada today while leaders are setting up meetings with each affected team member. In other regions, we are following local processes, which may include time for consultation with employee representative bodies and
possibly result in longer timelines to communicate with impacted employees. In China, we will notify employees after the Chinese New Year.
Our priority in the coming days is supporting those who are affected. To help with the transition, we are providing packages that include a separation payment, transitional benefits as applicable by country, and external job placement support.
Please continue to show the support and care that I so often witness here at Amazon. This is a very difficult time, so we encourage you to reach out to My HR with questions and remember that our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available 24/7 for free and confidential help.