Amazon India Lays Off 60 Employees, More To Leave
E-commerce giant Amazon India is laying off employees from its workforce as a part of a global restructuring process, reports Economic Times. Amazon had reportedly asked around 60 of its Indian employees from its recruitment team to leave the company, last week. Amazon in the days to come may ask more employees to leave the company.
To recollect, Amazon had earlier announced its move to lay off hundreds of employees at its Seattle headquarters and global operations. The e-commerce giant back then had said that the lay offs is likely to have an impact on its India business as well. And that is what is happening now.
As a part of the lay off or global restructuring process, Amazon had fired 60 employees from its Human resource department last week. The company, soon after the annual appraisal process is completed is expected to ask more employees to resign, reveals two sources who are aware of the development.
Amazon had hired almost 25 per cent more employees as a part of its so called performance improvement plans (PIPs) in the fourth quarter of 2017 as compared to the previous year. This is possibly the reason why Amazon is laying off employees from its workforce reveals sources close to the developments, reveal sources close to the development. Commenting on the lay offs a company spokesperson said that the lay offs has impacted a small number of employees only, and the company is offering complete support to the impacted employees.
“As a global organisation, we have recognised the need to organise our teams to keep us agile and help us use our resources optimally. This has impacted a small number of roles within the company and we are providing complete support to the impacted employees, including the option of relevant internal postings and outplacement services,” the Amazon spokesperson said.
The spokesperson goes on to say that even though the company is laying off, Amazon continues to hire for multiple roles and currently has 4,000 job openings in India. Commenting on the lay offs, Daniel Ives, chief strategy officer at New York based market research firm GBH Insights said, “This is part of a global reorganisation as Amazon and (CEO Jeff) Bezos look to strategically deploy resources into high growth and priority areas to further drive the consumer flywheel over the coming years.”