Message from Adam Selipsky to Amazon Web Services (AWS) employees:
As you know, we recently made the difficult decision to cut a number of roles at Amazon globally, including within AWS. I wanted to let you know that conversations with affected AWS employees have begun today, with notification messages being sent to all affected employees in the US, Canada and Costa Rica. In other regions, we follow local processes, which may include time to consult with employee representatives and potentially result in longer timelines to communicate with affected employees.
It’s a tough day in our organization. I fully realize the impact on every person and family affected. We are working hard to treat everyone involved with respect and to provide a number of resources and points of contact to support this transition. This also includes packages with divorce benefits, transition benefits, health insurance and external employment services.
To those we say goodbye to today, thank you for all you have done for this company and our customers. I am really grateful. To all AWS builders, thank you for your compassion and empathy for your colleagues.
Both the size of our company and the size of our team have grown significantly in recent years, driven by customer demand for the cloud and the unique value AWS provides. This growth has been rapid because we have moved as quickly as possible to build what customers need. Given this rapid growth, as well as the overall business and macroeconomic environment, it is critical that we focus on identifying and deploying our resources behind our top priorities – those things that matter most to customers and that are the needle for us. company will move. In many cases, this means that team members shift the projects, initiatives or teams they are working on; however, in other cases it has resulted in these role eliminations.
The fundamentals and outlook for our business are strong and we are very confident in our long-term prospects. We’re the leading cloud provider across a wide range of benchmarks, from our feature set to our security capabilities to our operational performance. We are focused on continuing to innovate in the areas that matter most to our customers as we help them minimize costs, innovate quickly and transform their organizations.
I am optimistic about the future. We tackle our opportunities and our challenges and continue to change the world.
Message from Beth Galetti to employees in the People Experience and Technology (PXT) organization:
As Andy shared a few weeks ago, leaders across the company have been working closely with their teams to decide what investments to make for the future, prioritizing what matters most to customers and the health of our businesses in the world. long-term. Given PXT’s close working relationship with the company, these shifts also affect our OP2 plans and we have made the difficult decision to cut additional roles within the PXT organization.
Today we shared this update with our PXT colleagues whose roles were impacted in the US, Canada and Costa Rica. In other regions, we follow local processes, which may include time to consult with employee representatives and potentially result in longer timelines to communicate with affected employees.
These decisions are not taken lightly and I recognize the impact it will have on both those who leave the company and our colleagues who stay.
To those who are leaving, I want to thank you for your contributions. You helped build Amazon into the extraordinary company it is today, and we’re here to support you through this difficult time. In the U.S., we offer 60-day no-work transition packages with full pay and benefits, plus additional weeks of layoff depending on employment, severance pay, transition benefits, and outside job placement support.
Although this moment is difficult, I remain energized by the important work ahead. Together, we’re building a workplace that changes the way Amazonians invent and deliver for customers. From making it easier for employees to find the information and help they need, to expanding our benefits, I’m proud of the progress we’ve made over the years. This meaningful work is a direct reflection of PXT’s perseverance, resilience and leadership. Thank you.
Please know that the entire PXTLT, including myself, is here to answer your questions and support you.