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Amazon layoffs: Hundreds of job cuts in Seattle, global offices might follow

15 February 2018

Amazon now employs about 40,000 people in Seattle, and 560,000 worldwide.

In the analysts' call after the latest earnings report, chief executive Jeff Bezos said his firm would "double down" on Alexa after blowing past projections.

Shares were up almost 3% on Monday. In the last few months, the company implemented hiring freezes to stem the flow of new workers, cutting the number of open positions in half from the 3,500 listed last Summer.

In a statement, Amazon.com Inc. says it is still hiring aggressively in some areas and will consider those affected for other roles. As the company's fortunes have grown, so has the size of its employee base. Globally, the company employs 566,000 people, as of December 2017, a 66 per cent increase on the previous December - it takes a lot of people to keep those warehouses ticking over.

Meanwhile, Amazon is close to launching Shipping With Amazon, a national delivery service that would compete with FedEx and United Parcel Service (UPS), according to a recent Wall Street Journal report.

"People are in awful shape", he said.

The company has also recently instituted a mandate that managers who oversee other supervisors must have at least four people reporting to them. The industry giant appears to not be looking to reduce the overall employee numbers. "Amazon has a problem right now with overpopulation", an unnamed engineer said.

In the case of Amazon's workforce, what goes up is now coming down. Some employees have been notified, while others will be notified later in the week. Last year, Amazon subsidiary Quidsi laid off 250 employees.

The majority of the layoffs are affecting the company's Seattle headquarters, but some global teams may be affected as well, according to the source. "We do not use our performance management process to achieve head-count goals".

Amazon layoffs: Hundreds of job cuts in Seattle, global offices might follow