American multinational eCommerce company Amazon has laid off 10,000 people across the company this week.
The company has cut off some employees in its devices group, including in its retail division and human resources.
Tech giants have cut jobs in the past few weeks. Facebook parent Meta said it would lay off 11,000 people last week – about 13% of its workforce while Twitter’s new CEO, Elon Musk, slashed the company’s workforce in half this month.
“After a deep set of reviews, we recently decided to consolidate some teams and programs. One of the consequences of these decisions is that some roles will no longer be required. It pains me to deliver this news as we know we will lose talented Amazonians from the Devices & Services org.” Dave Limp, Senior Vice President of Devices & Services, wrote in a blog post.
Amazon’s AI voice assistant Alexa was inspired by a talking computer in the Star Trek science fiction show. It earned a headcount that grew to 10,000 people by 2019.
Amazon sold more than 100 million Alexa devices. Founder Jeff Bezos later added that the company often sold Alexa devices at a discount and sometimes below cost.
Several individuals posted on LinkedIn that Amazon had laid them off, among them people who claimed to work on privacy for Alexa and software for the company’s cloud gaming service Luna.
Following the layoff news, shares endured losses and closed down about 2%.