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Amazon’s latest layoffs cut 9,000 more jobs in divisions including Twitch and AWS


Amazon is laying off another 9,000 workers, according to a memo to employees CEO Andy Jassy sent to workers on Monday. The employees affected by the cut include those in roles in AWS, Twitch, advertising, and human resources.

In his memo, Jassy cites the “uncertain economy” as the reason for the cuts and says the company has “chosen to be more streamlined in our costs and headcount.” Amazon just got done laying off a total of 18,000 people across the company late last year and in January, which included workers in its hardware and services, human resources, and retail teams.

“The overriding tenet of our annual planning this year was to be leaner while doing so in a way that enables us to still invest robustly in the key long-term customer experiences that we believe can meaningfully improve customers’ lives and Amazon as a whole,” Jassy writes in the memo.

This also comes just days after Twitch CEO Emmett Shear resigned from his position, although it’s unclear whether that was related to the job cuts, as Shear will still remain at the company in an advisory role. As Twitch continues to evolve, recent changes to the way it splits the revenue with streamers have left some feeling frustrated, while some of the platform’s top streamers have swapped to game streaming rivals like YouTube.

Jassy explains that the company didn’t announce all of the layoffs at the same time because some teams didn’t complete their internal analyses simultaneously. These assessments could lead to the reprioritization of jobs, Jassy notes, and the company didn’t want to “rush” them. “We chose to share these decisions as we’ve made them so people had the information as soon as possible.”

According to the memo, the impacted teams still haven’t made their final decisions on which employees to cut. The company’s goal is to make these decisions by mid to late April and notify employees from there. Affected employees will receive severance pay, transitional health insurance, and external job placement support.

“I remain very optimistic about the future and the myriad of opportunities we have, both in our largest businesses, Stores and AWS, and our newer customer experiences and businesses in which we’re investing,” Jassy writes.


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