“As part of our annual planning process, we are making head count adjustments across the company — small reductions in a couple of places and aggressive hiring in many others,” an Amazon spokesman said in an email. “For affected employees, we work to find roles in the areas where we are hiring.” (Jeffrey P. Bezos, the chief executive of Amazon, owns The Washington Post.)
As one of the country’s largest private employers, Amazon has been hiring aggressively in recent years. Last year, the company announced plans to hire 50,000 warehouse workers, staging a one-day blitz dubbed “Amazon jobs day.” The company also is scouting out sites for a second North American headquarters, where it plans to employ as many as 50,000 full-time workers, many of them in high-paying office jobs. Those plans will not be affected by the latest layoffs, the person said.
The online giant reported its highest quarterly profits in company history this month, with $1.9 billion in profits on sales of $60.5 billion. It ended the year with 566,000 employees globally, up 66 percent from a year earlier.