More Amazon Layoffs: 9,000 on Top of the 18,000 in January
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The job cuts would mark the second-largest round of layoffs in the company’s history, adding to the 18,000 employees the company said it would lay off in January.
In the memo, Jassy said the second phase of the company’s annual planning process was completed this month and led to the additional job cuts. He said Amazon will still hire in some strategic areas.
The job cuts announced March 20 will hit profitable areas for the company, including its cloud computing unit AWS and its burgeoning advertising business. Twitch, the gaming platform Amazon owns, will also see some layoffs as well as Amazon's PXT organizations, which handle human resources and other functions.
Prior layoffs had also hit PXT, the company's stores division, which encompasses its e-commerce business as well as the company’s brick-and-mortar stores such as Amazon Fresh and Amazon Go, and other departments such as the one that runs the virtual assistant Alexa.
Earlier this month, the company said it would pause construction on its headquarters building in northern Virginia, though the first phase of that project will open this June with 8,000 employees.
“Some may ask why we didn’t announce these role reductions with the ones we announced a couple months ago. The short answer is that not all of the teams were done with their analyses in the late fall; and rather than rush through these assessments without the appropriate diligence, we chose to share these decisions as we’ve made them so people had the information as soon as possible,” Jassy said.
Amazon.com Inc. ranks No. 19 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest private carriers in North America.
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