January 30, 2023

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Amazon will cut 18,000 jobs, CEO Andy Jassy says

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Amazon will eliminate “just over 18,000 roles” at the company, CEO Andy Jassy wrote in a memo to employees Wednesday, more than previously expected by the ecommerce giant.

The layoffs will occur across “several teams,” but most of the job cuts are in Amazon stores and the People, Experience and Technology (PXT) organization, Jassey said in the memo, which the company posted on its blog site.

“Amazon has faced uncertain and difficult economies in the past, and we will continue to do so,” Jacey wrote. “These changes will help us pursue our long-term opportunities with a stronger cost structure; However, I’m also optimistic that we’ll be innovative, resourceful and scrappy during this time when we’re not hiring broadly and eliminating some roles.”

In November, Jacey announced that Amazon was cutting jobs in its device and book businesses, and also announced a voluntary redundancy offer for some PXT Group employees. He also told staff that there would be “further role reductions” in 2023 “as leaders continue to adjust.” At the time, the New York Times reported that Amazon was cutting about 10,000 jobs.

Speaking at the Times’ DealBook conference in late November, Jassy said the cuts were necessary because the economy was “more uncertain” than previously expected: “We just felt we needed to streamline our spending,” he said.

Jaycee’s memo to Amazon workers Wednesday about the job cuts comes after the Wall Street Journal reported earlier in the day that the company planned to pink-slip “more than 17,000” employees. In an apparent reference to the journal report, Jacey wrote, “We normally wait to communicate these findings until we can speak to the people directly affected. However, since one of our colleagues leaked this information externally, we decided that this news Better to share earlier so you can hear the details directly from me.

Amazon plans to contact employees who will be affected by the latest round of layoffs starting Jan. 18, according to Jacey.

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