In a recent move aimed at streamlining operations, Amazon has announced a series of job cuts within its communication departments, affecting key segments including Amazon Studios, Amazon Prime Video, and Amazon Music. Approximately 5 percent of the workforce in these divisions have been impacted, constituting less than 1 percent of Amazon’s global communications team.
Reports indicate that the layoffs are occurring both domestically and internationally within Amazon’s communication divisions. The affected employees are assured of their regular pay and benefits for a 60-day period. Amazon has also stated that the impacted workforce will be eligible for severance packages, transitional benefits, and support for job placement.
Amazon spokesperson Brad Glasser stated, “We regularly review the structure of our teams and make adjustments based on the needs of the business and, following a recent review, we’ve made the difficult decision to eliminate a small number of roles on our communications team. We’re grateful to these employees for their contributions, and we’re focused on supporting them in their next steps.”
These layoffs come in the wake of Amazon’s previous reduction efforts, where 18,000 positions were eliminated between November 2022 and January 2023. The company had also previously announced plans to cut an additional 9,000 positions, with a particular focus on areas like cloud computing, human resources, advertising, and Twitch live-streaming services.
This move is part of Amazon’s broader cost-cutting initiatives, reflecting the company’s strategy to balance growth with financial prudence. Amazon CEO Andy Jassy, in a letter to shareholders, acknowledged the difficulty of the decision to reduce the workforce but emphasized its long-term benefits for the company’s growth trajectory.
As Amazon continues to evolve in response to industry changes, these strategic measures are anticipated to position the company for sustained success in the competitive market landscape.