is cutting hundreds of jobs at its Seattle headquarters and
elsewhere, the Seattle Times reported.
The cuts are mostly related to the consumer retail
division of the company.
The layoffs are happening amid massive growth in other
parts of the company and a promise to move or hire at least
50,000 people at a new
Amazon is shedding hundreds of corporate employees.
The cuts are mostly in the company’s retail division — the part
in charge of actually selling stuff to customers —
according to the Seattle Times.
An exact number has not been announced yet, but it’s expected to
be “several hundred.” Hundreds more will be reassigned in the
company where possible. Cuts will happen both at the company’s
Seattle headquarters and elsewhere.
With 566,000 employees as of December, Amazon is now the
second-largest employer in the US, taking into consideration both
corporate employees and ones at its fulfillment centers. Its
Seattle headquarters employs over 40,000 people alone.
The percentage of affected employees will likely remain low, but
layoffs of any kind are rare at Amazon, the Times noted. Some
employees have already been informed, while others will be told
in the coming months.
Amazon did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request
for comment, but told the Seattle Times, “As part of our annual
planning process, we are making head count adjustments across the
company — small reductions in a couple of places and aggressive
hiring in many others. For affected employees, we work to find
roles in the areas where we are hiring.”
The layoffs come at a time when the company is drumming up
support for its newest project, HQ2. The company is planning to
build a new headquarters and fill it with 50,000 employees over