"these role eliminations are difficult for people"
On January 12, 2023, an email was sent to Amazon India workers that they were being let go.
Andy Jassy, the CEO of Amazon, has revealed that layoffs will affect more than 18,000 employees across the world, 1,000 of whom are from India.
Those affected workers have received an email from Amazon.
Sources claim that the email from Amazon India requested that staff members meet with the leadership team on a certain day to receive further information about the issue.
In the same email, Amazon has guaranteed to provide five months of severance pay.
Some employees are dissatisfied with the company’s payout plan after receiving severance correspondence that ended up in their spam folder.
According to reports, layoffs have affected several departments that operate out of offices in Bengaluru, Gurugram, and other locations throughout India.
Employees with experience and entry-level employees are both laid off.
Many affected workers have used social media sites like LinkedIn and Twitter to announce their layoffs and express their interest in new prospects.
The CEO of Amazon stated on January 4, 2023, that the company employed too many people during the Covid-19 pandemic and will need to fire thousands of workers in the next few weeks.
He said: “This year’s review has been more difficult given the uncertain economy and that we’ve hired rapidly over the last several years.
“We plan to eliminate just over 18,000 roles. Several teams are impacted, however, the majority of role eliminations are in our Amazon Stores and PXT organisations.
“S-team and I are deeply aware that these role eliminations are difficult for people, and we don’t take these decisions lightly or underestimate how much they might affect the lives of those who are impacted.
“We are working to support those who are affected and are providing packages that include a separation payment, transitional health insurance benefits, and external job placement support.”
In addition to current staff layoffs, the tech firm has also withdrawn full-time job offers, leaving candidates with no job at all.
The Amazonian Experience and Technology team’s Indian employees received a “voluntary departure” offer from Amazon in November 2022.
“As a first step, we are allowing employees to volunteer for the severance programme.”
Employees at all levels, from entry-level to senior (L1 to L7), were eligible.
Those who accepted the offer were given a lump sum severance payment equal to 22 weeks of base pay, plus one additional week of base pay for every additional six months of service, up to a maximum of 20 weeks.
This included six months of medical coverage as well as a notice period or payment instead of notice.