SUNNYVALE — Amazon has decided to terminate hundreds of jobs in the South Bay following a wave of new layoffs that paint an increasingly dire economic picture for the tech sector and Silicon Valley.
The e-commerce giant intends to cut 263 jobs in northern Sunnyvale, according to an official WARN notice provided by Amazon to the State Department of Job Development.
The layoffs are expected to start in mid-January next year, according to the WARN letter.
Amazon’s Lab 126, based in Sunnyvale, operates at least a few of several of Sunnyvale’s office sites where layoffs are taking place.
According to the WARN notice filed with the state EDD, the affected employees work at 1100 Enterprise Way, 1160 Enterprise Way, 905 11th Ave. and 1100 Discovery Way, all in Sunnyvale.
“Employee turnover resulting from this behavior is expected to be permanent,” Amazon said in the WARN letter. “Affected employees are not represented by unions or other collective bargaining representatives. We do not allow it to replace the
Departures from Amazon are scheduled to begin on January 17, 2023.
Amazon’s cuts are the latest in a string of job cuts affecting the tech sector.
Facebook app owner Meta Platforms announced this week that it will cut 2,564 jobs in the Bay Area. This includes 1,642 in Menlo Park, 237 in Sunnyvale, 179 in Burlingame, 144 in Fremont and 362 in San Francisco.
Twitter last week announced plans to cut nearly 900 jobs in the Bay Area.
Seattle-based Amazon is believed to be cutting as many as 10,000 jobs worldwide, according to media reports. Further layoffs may occur, depending on the company’s strategic and tactical goals.
But in the case of Sunnyvale layoffs, Amazon has given some hope to unemployed workers.
“Affected employees who are separated from employment as a result of this action will be entitled to all wages and other benefits (if any) to which they are entitled up to the date of separation, provided they do not resign from their employment with Amazon by that date. ) will be paid.” Amazon told EDD in a WARN notice.
It’s also possible that some Amazon workers affected by the current job cuts will remain with the company in some capacity.
Heather Smedstad, Amazon’s vice president of human resources, said in the WARN letter, “Affected employees will be terminated as a result of this action if they accept an internal transfer opportunity at Amazon prior to their termination date. It is not.