Companies around the world are cutting their workforce amid fears of an economic slowdown. Job cuts have also begun at e-commerce company Amazon, which has already laid off several employees across the globe, including in India. The company plans to cut around 1,000 workers in India as part of its biggest retrenchment exercise. As affected employees receive the dreaded e-mails, they are sharing their experiences on social media.
Affected by the job cuts, a software engineer who had worked at Amazon for five years was laid off on January 11. The employee, who was a senior development engineer at Amazon, took to LinkedIn to share his experience working for the company and asked people to help him find new opportunities. Sadly, he lost his job just months after losing his father.
“The year 2022 was the most challenging year of my life. First I lost my father, then he battled in ICU for 2 to 3 months, due to which I was out of work for about 4 months. By the recent layoffs by Amazon. ,” the employee wrote in a LinkedIn post describing her ordeal.
However, he also wrote that his 5-year stint at Amazon was the best period of his career. “I enjoyed every bit of it working with some of the smartest people in the industry and learned great lessons in corporate life. I have had the opportunity to work on large-scale, customer-facing, complex and innovative design problems.
Amazon has 1 lakh employees in India and the decision will affect 1 percent of the country’s workforce. The company cited an “uncertain economy” and the online retail giant’s “rapid hiring” during the pandemic as reasons for the mass layoffs.
CEO Andy Jassey said the company’s leadership is “deeply aware that it’s difficult for people to step out of this role, and we don’t take these decisions lightly.” Insurance benefits, and external job placement support,” he said