Amazon to lay off 263 employees in its Bay Area offices

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Amazon is laying off a couple of hundred corporate workers in the Bay Area as part of the tech giant’s mass layoffs and a broader company reorganization, which reportedly could reach up to 10,000 workers worldwide.

According to a notice obtained by SFGATE Wednesday — which companies that conduct layoffs have to file as part of California’s Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act — 263 employees across six of Amazon’s Sunnyvale offices are getting laid off. In addition, 53 employees in a Southern California office will be laid off. (An Amazon spokesperson did not confirm the exact number of Bay Area or statewide layoffs when asked by SFGATE.)

The layoffs are expected to be finalized next January, the notice said. 

“As we’ve gone through this, given the current macro-economic environment (as well as several years of rapid hiring), some teams are making adjustments, which in some cases means certain roles are no longer necessary,” Amazon spokesperson Kelly Nantel said in a statement to SFGATE. “We don’t take these decisions lightly, and we are working to support any employees who may be affected.”

The affected positions are largely technical, including software and hardware engineers and data scientists, according to the WARN notice. 

In a letter posted on Amazon’s blog, Senior Vice President of Devices & Services Dave Limp said that the layoffs would affect Amazon’s devices and services teams, which work on the megacompany’s Kindle e-readers, Echo smart speaker devices and Fire tablets. 

Amazon, like many other tech giants, was hit particularly hard by post-pandemic economic headwinds — with its core e-commerce business proving to be incredibly lucrative amid COVID-19 but faltering as restrictions loosened up nationwide. As noted by the Associated Press, Amazon has already cut back on some of its lesser-known ventures — like the delivery robot Scout.

These layoffs follow large-scale layoffs at Meta, Salesforce and Elon Musk’s Twitter.

A representative for Amazon did not specify what severance benefits affected employees would receive, but Limp’s letter states affected workers can expect “a separation payment, transitional benefits, and external job placement support.”

“We know people across the organization may be impacted differently by this news and will lead with compassion for all team members,” Limp said in the letter.



 

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