News: Horrendous way to treat people, says Amazon employees as mass layoffs begin

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Horrendous way to treat people, says Amazon employees as mass layoffs begin

Amazon is receiving flak from its employees as the company started sacking them. While the exact numbers are unknown, reports suggested 10,000 employees or 3 per cent of Amazon’s workforce will be laid off.
Horrendous way to treat people, says Amazon employees as mass layoffs begin

Just like many other tech giants, Amazon has also started laying off its employees. Confirming the news, the e-commerce giant said that in the current macroeconomic environment, some teams are "making adjustments" amid "consolidation of some teams and programmes".

"As part of our annual operating planning review process, we always look at each of our businesses and what we believe we should change," said the company’s spokesperson according to TechCrunch. 

"As we've gone through this, given the current macroeconomic environment (as well as several years of rapid hiring), some teams are making adjustments, which in some cases means certain roles are no longer necessary. We don't take these decisions lightly, and we are working to support any employees who may be affected," the spokesperson added.

An internal mail was also sent to the employees by senior vice president of Devices and Services, Dave Limp, saying that "after a deep set of reviews, we recently decided to consolidate some teams and programmes".

"One of the consequences of these decisions is that some roles will no longer be required. In cases where employees cannot find a new role within the company, we will support the transition with a package that includes a separation payment, transitional benefits, and external job placement support," Limp wrote.

On Tuesday, several employees were told they had two months to find another job internally or accept severance payment. Employees reacted harshly to the decision.

"I don't even know if I want to work for this company anymore. This is a horrendous way to treat people," Amazon’s senior manager said. "The truth of the matter is that if the company was more transparent, we wouldn't have this shitshow. Now you have most of the population wondering if they are next," another senior company manager told Recode.

Besides Amazon, Meta, Disney, Twitter and several other tech companies around the world announced thousands of job cuts as part of their cost-cutting efforts.  

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