By James Rogers
Big names across a number of sectors have announced layoffs in recent months
From Coinbase to Cisco, Amazon, Salesforce, HP, Roku, Beyond Meat, Meta and Twitter, big names across a number of sectors have announced major layoffs in recent months.
Coinbase Global Inc. (COIN)announced 950 job cuts in an attempt to cut costs.
"In 2022, the crypto market trended downwards along with the broader macroeconomy," said Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong, in a message to employees on Jan. 10. "We also saw the fallout from unscrupulous actors in the industry, and there could still be further contagion."
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The crypto exchange said it will book charges of about $149 million to $163 million for the cuts, divided between about $58 million to $68 million in cash charge relating to severance and $91 million to $95 million in stock-based compensation charges relating to the vesting of outstanding equity awards.
The job cuts follow the company's announcement in June that it would lay off 18% of its employees.
Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO) has begun previously announced layoffs, cutting nearly 700 jobs in Silicon Valley in December, according to filings with the state of California in January.
The layoffs span a number of departments at the networking giant and extend across various positions, including software and hardware engineering, program management, product design, marketing and more. According to the state filings, the number of employees impacted at the company's San Jose, Calif., headquarters totals 371, while 222 employees are being cut in nearby Milpitas and 80 employees are being cut in Cisco's San Francisco office. The notices said employees were notified in early December and were given a choice of an effective termination date of either Feb. 1 or March 13.
In November, Cisco announced it was planning a "limited business restructuring" that will adjust the networking giant's real-estate portfolio and affect about 5% of its 80,000-strong global workforce, or some 4,000 people.
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"This is about rebalancing across the board," said Cisco Chief Financial Officer Scott Herren at the time, adding that as many jobs will be added as reduced.
"Our goal is to minimize the number of people who end up having to leave," Herren told MarketWatch. "We will match as many with new roles at the company as we can. This is not about reducing our workforce. In fact, we'll have roughly the same number of employees at the end of this fiscal year as we had when we started."
Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) kicked off the New Year by confirming more than 18,000 job cuts, more than originally expected. "Between the reductions we made in November and the ones we're sharing today, we plan to eliminate just over 18,000 roles," Amazon CEO Andy Jassy wrote in a letter to employees on Jan. 4. "Several teams are impacted; however, the majority of role eliminations are in our Amazon Stores and PXT [People Experience and Technology Solutions] organizations."
"Amazon has weathered uncertain and difficult economies in the past, and we will continue to do so," Jassy added. "These changes will help us pursue our long-term opportunities with a stronger cost structure; however, I'm also optimistic that we'll be inventive, resourceful, and scrappy in this time when we're not hiring expansively and [are] eliminating some roles."
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Last year the e-commerce giant confirmed plans to lay off workers in its devices and services business. At that time, The Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon could eventually cut about 10,000 jobs.
Analysts at Morgan Stanley are looking for Amazon and other tech companies to continue reining in costs.
Salesforce Inc. (CRM) will lay off 10% of its workforce as part of a restructuring plan.
The San Francisco-based company announced the layoffs in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Jan. 4. In addition to the job cuts, Salesforce plans to exit some real estate and reduce office space.
The restructuring plan is intended to reduce operating costs, improve operating margins and continue advancing Salesforce's commitment to "profitable growth," the company said in the filing.
Salesforce estimates that it will incur approximately $1.4 billion to $2.1 billion in charges in connection with the restructuring plan, of which approximately $800 million to $1 billion is expected to be incurred in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023.
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Most of the layoffs will be made in the coming weeks, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff said in a letter to employees that was also filed with the SEC.
The Salesforce chief said that the company grew too quickly for the current environment. "I've been thinking a lot about how we came to this moment," he wrote. "As our revenue accelerated through the pandemic, we hired too many people leading into this economic downturn we're now facing, and I take responsibility for that."
Last year, Salesforce laid off hundreds of employees from its sales team, according to news reports, as the tech sector as a whole wrestled with a challenging economic environment. "Our sales performance process drives accountability," said a Salesforce spokesperson in a statement emailed to MarketWatch in November. "Unfortunately, that can lead to some leaving the business, and we support them through their transition."
As of February 2022, the company, which provides customer-relationship-management software, had over 78,000 employees globally.
In October, Intel Corp. (INTC)announced plans for job cuts as it reported its third-quarter results. The chip maker said it was focused on driving $3 billion in cost reductions in 2023. "Inclusive in our efforts will be steps to optimize our headcount," Chief Executive Pat Gelsinger said during a conference call with analysts to discuss the third-quarter results.
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Additional details of the layoffs emerged in early December. The chip maker, which had 121,000-plus employees worldwide at the end of last year, is laying off around 200 employees in California, according to letters sent to the state Employment Development Department. Intel said that 111 employees in Folsom, Calif., and 90 employees in Santa Clara, Calif., which is home to the company's headquarters, are affected by the job cuts. The permanent layoffs are scheduled to begin Jan. 31.
Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL)(GOOGL) is considering cutting 10,000 jobs, according to a report on The Information, which says the layoffs would amount to 6% of the tech giant's workforce. The company may employ a ranking system that would eliminate the lowest-ranked "poor-performing" employees, the report said.
"Earlier this year, we launched Googler Reviews and Development (GRAD) to help employee development, coaching, learning and career progression throughout the year," a Google spokesperson told MarketWatch in a statement. "The new system helps establish clear expectations and provide employees with regular feedback."
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The spokesperson declined to comment on the potential job cuts.
In November, HP Inc. (HPQ) executives announced plans to cut up to 10% of the company's workforce amid what CEO Enrique Lores described as "a volatile macro environment and softening demand in the second half, with a slowdown on the commercial side."
"Companies are delaying their refresh [sales] cycle," Lores told MarketWatch in an interview ahead of the public release of the company's fourth-quarter results.
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HP is launching a three-year workforce-reduction plan meant to shed 4,000 to 6,000 jobs, according to Lores, with more than half of the roughly $1 billion in restructuring costs expected to be realized in the new fiscal year.
Roku Inc. (ROKU)announced in November that it would cut about 5% of its workforce amid a challenging advertising landscape.
"Due to the current economic conditions in our industry, we have made the difficult decision to reduce Roku's headcount expenses by a projected 5%, to slow down our [operating-expense] growth rate," the company said in a brief statement, noting that about 200 positions in the U.S. would be affected. "Taking these actions now will allow us to focus our investments on key strategic priorities to drive future growth and enhance our leadership position," the statement said.
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In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Roku said it anticipated charges of about $28 million to $31 million related to the job cuts, mainly stemming from severance payments, notice pay, employee benefits and other costs. The company expected to take the bulk of those charges in the fourth quarter of 2022. Implementation of the workforce reductions will be mostly complete by the end of the first quarter of 2023, it said.
Video software company Kaltura Inc. (KLTR) said Jan. 4 it's planning to reduce its workforce by about 11%.
In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Kaltura said its reorganization plan aims to increase efficiency and productivity in response to the current macroeconomic climate. "The plan's main objectives are to position the company for lower demand, spend, and available budgets across the company's market segments, align the company's business strategy in light of these market conditions and support the company's growth initiatives and return path to profitability," it said.
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