According to a statement sent out to employees on Thursday, Amazon has temporarily halted its corporate recruiting efforts. Last month, the firm declared it would halt recruiting for all corporate positions, although the current development only applies to its retail division.
It should be no surprise that Amazon has halted corporate recruiting in light of the continuing economic headwinds and the company’s costly belt-tightening under CEO Andy Jassy. Beth Galetti, Amazon’s senior vice president of People Experience and Technology, acknowledged the change in an internal message that was later posted on the company’s blog.
Beth Galetti, Amazon’s senior vice president’s Message in Amazon Blogpost
“With the economy in an uncertain place and in light of how many people we have hired in the last few years, Andy and S-team decided this week to pause on new incremental hires in our corporate workforce. We had already done so in a few of our businesses in recent weeks and have added our other businesses to this approach.
We anticipate keeping this pause in place for the next few months, and will continue to monitor what we’re seeing in the economy and the business to adjust as we think makes sense. In general, depending on the business or area of the company, we will hire backfills to replace employees who move on to new opportunities, and there are some targeted places where we will continue to hire people incrementally.
We’re facing an unusual macro-economic environment, and want to balance our hiring and investments with being thoughtful about this economy. This is not the first time that we’ve faced uncertain and challenging economies in our past.
While we have had several years where we’ve expanded our headcount broadly, there have also been several years where we’ve tightened our belt and were more streamlined in how many people we added. With fewer people to hire this moment, this should give each team an opportunity to further prioritize what matters most to customers and the business, and to be more productive.
We still intend to hire a meaningful number of people in 2023, and remain excited about our significant investments in our larger businesses, as well as newer initiatives like Prime Video, Alexa, Grocery, Kuiper, Zoox, and Healthcare.
If you have questions about how this pause on incremental hiring for the next few months impacts your team, please speak with your manager in the coming days.Beth
Amazon has been dropping hints for weeks about how it plans to halt development and pare down experimental endeavours and projects, so this announcement is no surprise. Because of the economy and “in light of how many individuals we have employed in the previous several years,” Amazon announced the decision Thursday.
The company would not provide details when asked how the hiring freeze might affect Amazon’s Puget Sound staff. The corporation already employs 55,000 people in Seattle and is on a recruiting binge to expand its presence in Bellevue from 10,000 to 25,000 in the next 3 years. According to Galetti’s letter, the company has already begun halting or slowing hiring in various corporate departments.
This policy has been extended to “new incremental hires” across its corporate business for the “next few months.” The “corporate” caveat here is likely meant to differentiate the roles from, say, positions in Amazon fulfilment centres across the United States as the company ramps up for the holidays.
During the Covid-19 outbreak, the retail behemoth ramped up employment to meet the increased demand for internet purchases that had resulted from the epidemic. Since then, it has slowed the rate at which it is adding new employees since shoppers are flocking back to brick-and-mortar establishments, and the company’s retail sector is no longer expanding at a breakneck pace.