Hiring note from Beth Galetti
The message below was shared with Amazon employees on November 2, 2022.
With the economy in an uncertain place and in light of how many people we’ve hired over the last few years, Andy and the S-team have decided this week to halt new incremental hires to our corporate workforce. We have already done this in several of our businesses in the last few weeks, and we have added to this approach in other businesses. We anticipate maintaining this pause for the next several months and will continue to monitor what we see in the economy and business to adjust as we feel makes sense. Generally speaking, depending on the business or area of the company, we will hire backfill to replace employees who move on to new opportunities, and there are some targeted positions where we will continue to hire people gradually.
We are facing an unusual macroeconomic environment and want to balance our hiring and investment with this economy in mind. This is not the first time we have faced uncertain and challenging economies in our past. While we’ve had a few years where we’ve expanded our headcount broadly, there’s also been a few years where we’ve tightened our belts and been simpler in terms of the number of people we’ve added. With fewer people to hire at the moment, this should give each team the opportunity to further prioritize what’s most important to customers and the business, and be more productive.
We still intend to hire a significant number of people in 2023 and remain excited about our significant investments in our larger businesses, as well as newer initiatives such as Prime Video, Alexa, Grocery, Kuiper, Zoox and Healthcare.
If you have questions about how this hiatus in hiring over the next few months affects your team, please speak with your manager in the coming days.
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