Amazon to lay off 'small' number of people in Seattle


After a big hiring spree, it appears that Amazon is now cutting several hundred corporate employees from its Seattle headquarters and global operations, reports The Seattle Times.

Amazon's move, closely resembles its arch-rival Walmart's move in late January to lay off 500 jobs at its Bentonville, Arkansas headquarters.

Surprisingly, Amazon reports that they are overstaffed, despite being the second largest US-based corporate employer.

The majority of the layoffs are taking place across the company's core retail business, which still makes up the majority of the company's sales but is not growing as fast as it once was. Meanwhile, Amazon created 130,000 jobs and employed over 560,000 individuals worldwide a year ago.

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However, there are still more than 4,000 open corporate job listings under the company's headquarters in Seattle, and more than 12,000 open positions globally.

In a statement to The Seattle Times, Amazon acknowledged the cuts. The spokesperson added, "We are making head count adjustments across the company - small reductions in a couple of places and aggressive hiring in many others".

Some employees have already been informed of the elimination of their roles, and layoffs are expected to be completed in the next few weeks, one of the people said.

And they come while the company looks to expand on its lead in new businesses like Alexa. Amazon is known to have hired aggressively over the past few years. Quidsi, the company that used to run, had to cut 250+ jobs about a year ago.

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The company continues to hire plenty of workers, too. In Seattle alone, the company is claimed to have nearly 4,000 openings.

Sources have said that Amazon has an issue with overpopulation in the company.

Still, some Seattle-based employees describe an environment of belt-tightening.

It was unclear which specific teams inside Amazon were affected.

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The company has also recently instituted a mandate that managers who oversee other supervisors must have at least four people reporting to them. Another person also said the USA layoffs will likely have repercussions on the India unit.