Amazon started laying off employees across the board, according to reports in US media.
“We recently made the decision to combine some teams and programs after conducting a thorough set of reviews. Certain responsibilities will no longer be necessary as a result of these decisions,” hardware director Dave Limp sent a memo to the staff.
“The fact that we will lose talented Amazonians from the Devices & Services organization makes it painful for me to convey this news,” Dave Limp continued.
However, according to Dave Limp, the company informed affected employees and will constantly contact each person to offer support, including aiding in the search for new employment.
This week, The New York Times reported that Amazon intended to fire roughly 10,000 workers in corporate and technical positions. According to the article, these cuts would be the biggest in business history.
The total number of layoffs “remains fluid” and may alter, but the figure represents about 3% of its corporate employees.
According to Kelly Nantel, a representative for Amazon, some functions have been eliminated as part of the yearly operational planning review process.
“We always examine each of our businesses as part of our yearly operating planning review process to see what we think needs to change. As we’ve gone through this, different teams have made adjustments in light of the present macroeconomic context, which in some cases implies specific roles are no longer required. These choices are not made lightly by us, and we are striving to support any affected staff,” Kelly Nantel said.
The cuts would most affect the device organization, retail division, and human resources. According to CNBC, managers have told staff members they have two months to accept severance or find another position inside the company.