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Many Amazon India employees called back to office from remote locations urgently, fired after they reached

Many Amazon India employees called back to office from remote locations urgently, fired after they reached

Earlier this month, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy announced cutting 18000 jobs globally, which is around 1 per cent of the total workforce. Thousands of Indian employees have also been impacted by the layoffs.

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  • Amazon CEO Andy Jassy announced cutting 18000 jobs globally.
  • Thousands of Indian employees have also been impacted by the layoffs.
  • Amazon India employees received an email from their senior managers asking to attend a one-to-one meeting.

Earlier this month, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy announced cutting 18000 jobs globally, which is around 1 per cent of the total workforce. Thousands of Indian employees have also been impacted by the layoffs. It was earlier in January 2023, when impacted Amazon India employees received an email from their senior managers asking them to attend a one-to-one meeting scheduled the next day, some impacted Amazon India employees (who didn't wish to be named) told India Today Tech.

Impacted employees, some of whom have already managed to get a new job, said that the mail sent by the senior manager didn't mention the agenda of the meeting. Instead, the email noted that the employee "must" attend the one-on-one meeting at their reporting office. It is said that many SD-1 and SD-2 levels alongside a few senior management employees in India have been impacted by the layoffs.

Now, since many of these employees were working from home (some from their hometowns), they were asked to take flights to attend the in-person meeting the next day. In the same email, Amazon told employees that the company would reimburse for their flight tickets and also hotel stay.

On the day of the meeting, the impacted employees had a one-on-one meeting with the senior manager and the HR in a meeting room and that's when they were informed about the layoff. During the personal meeting, the manager and the HR explained the process, details related to severance pay and other benefits. The impacted employees also said that they only have 4 hours to get their official work done, since after that their badge and access to work groups will be blocked. Unlike Twitter, Amazon was smooth with the layoff process and didn't suddenly block access to employees.

India Today Tech previously said that Amazon has promised to offer 5 months of severance pay, which Elon Musk's Twitter is conveniently avoiding. Many former Twitter employees laid off by Musk are still waiting to get updates on severance. India Today Tech recently spoke to a former Twitter India employee wherein he urged the new Twitter boss to pay his severance on time. Twitter has paid the last two months' salary to all impacted employees in India.

Impacted Amazon employees have taken to LinkedIn and Twitter to share that they have lost jobs and are looking for newer job opportunities. As per reports, the tech company has also withdrawn full-time job offers, leaving candidates with no job at all. Amazon isn't the only one that has revoked job offers. Meta recently confirmed revoking full-time offers. The company also hinted at slowing hiring for all of 2023. However, Microsoft and Google said they will hire some important positions amid layoffs. Both Google and Microsoft laid off more than 22000 employees just last week.

Published on: Jan 23, 2023, 3:28 PM IST
Posted by: BT Siteadmin, Jan 23, 2023, 3:17 PM IST