Amazon’s hardware chief confirms that layoffs have begun: Read the memo

Amazon laid off employees in its devices division on Wednesday, Dave Limp, the hardware head, confirmed in a memo. After a thorough review of the business, Amazon announced that it was consolidating certain teams and programs within its devices division.

Limp stated that it was painful for him to share this news because we are likely to lose talented Amazonians from Devices & Services org. While this is difficult news to take in, I want to stress that the Devices & Services area remains an important investment area for Amazon and that we will continue to innovate on behalf of our customers.

Although the momo didn’t give any details about the scale of the layoffs, the cuts are coming at a time when Amazon traditionally hires more workers in the lead-up to the busy holiday season. New York Times Monday reported Amazon’s plans to lay off as many as 10,000 employees in the company’s devices, human resources, and retail divisions. These cuts will be the biggest in company history. Amazon had over 1.6 million part-time and full-time employees as of December 31, 2013.

Amazon started notifying employees about layoffs yesterday. Several members were laid off by Amazon and took to Linkedin to share their stories. The majority of members belonged to the cloud gaming and Alexa divisions.

The memo stated that “in cases where employees are unable to find a new job within the company,” they will provide support for the transition by providing a package that includes a transition payment, transitional benefits, and external job placement assistance.

In the last few months, thousands of workers were laid off by large and small tech companies. Last week, Facebook parent company Meta announced that it had laid off 11,000 employees. This is the largest reduction in the history of the social media giant. Twitter also laid off half its 7500 employees as Elon Musk, the new owner of the social media giant, wants to make it more profitable.

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