On Wednesday (16), DJ Steve Aoki played a show for a group that seemed to work at amazon🇧🇷 It would just be a “treat” for workers if it weren’t for one detail: the event was held right after the company confirmed a series of layoffs. 10,000 people may have lost their jobs.
There were already rumors that the company was preparing for a layoff. But the layoffs were only confirmed on Wednesday, when Dave Limp, Amazon’s senior vice president of devices and services, posted a open letter communicating the decision🇧🇷
When a mass dismissal process is carried out, the atmosphere is heavy, not only for employees who lost their jobs, but also for those who remain in the company. Is that why Amazon invited a famous artist to an internal presentation?
There are at least two hypotheses here. One is that the Steve Aoki show was organized by an Amazon team that was unaware that layoffs would be announced. The event was even broadcast via twitchin a channel for associates.
The other, less likely, is that the company tried to lighten the mood with a little entertainment.
Anyway, this doesn’t seem like the right time for that. A show held in the same week that thousands of employees may have lost their jobs conveys a sense of insensitivity. It doesn’t go well.
O Verge remembers that something similar supposedly happened in the middle of the scandal that almost destroyed WeWork🇧🇷 In 2016, then-CEO Adam Neumann allegedly organized a concert with rapper Darryl McDaniels at the company just weeks after he laid off 7% of his employees. Again, it didn’t go well.
10,000 people may have been laid off
In his publication, Dave Limp explained that the cut of employees affects the division of products and services of Amazon. The executive just did not reveal how many people were affected by the decision.
But earlier in the week, before Limp’s letter was published, the New York Times reported that the cut may involve about 10,000 vacancies. Still according to the vehicle, layoffs should follow a progressive pace, that is, they will not be announced all at once.
It’s just one more reason why Steve Aoki’s concert feels like it was held at the wrong time.
It is true that 10,000 jobs is a small number compared to the number of people that Amazon employs. It is estimated that this total represents only 3% of the company’s corporate employee base (working in offices).
On the other hand, a job cut just ahead of the holiday shopping suggests that Amazon is under severe economic pressure and therefore needs to streamline its operations.
Pressure hitting other tech companies. Just to cite a recent example, Meta (Facebook) laid off around 11,000 employees last week, roughly 13% of its workforce.
O Verge claims to have contacted Amazon to comment on the show, but did not get a response.