From Cisco to Amazon, Salesforce, HP, Roku, Beyond Meat, Meta and Twitter, big names across a number of sectors have announced major layoffs in recent months.
Cisco Systems Inc. CSCO,
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 February 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,
“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,
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,
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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,
“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,
“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,
“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,
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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On an annualized basis, the total cost reduction from Kaltura’s downsizing is expected to be approximately $16 million.
The New York-based company will initially book pretax charges of approximately $1 million, primarily for severance and related costs, all of which are expected to be expensed in the first quarter of 2023. The reorganization plan is expected to be “substantially completed” in the first half of 2023, according to the SEC filing.
RingCentral Inc. RNG,
In October, RingCentral was added to the list of “zombie” stocks compiled by equity research firm New Constructs.
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New Constructs, which uses machine learning and natural language processing to parse corporate filings and model economic earnings, described RingCentral as a “cash incinerator” at risk of declining to $0 per share.
Also in November, Redfin RDFN,
“The housing market will get smaller in 2023,” Kelman wrote in an email to staff. “A layoff is awful but we can’t avoid it,” he added.
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In June, Redfin laid off 8% of its staff, citing “years” of “fewer home sales.”
Beyond Meat Inc. BYND,
The cuts followed a 4% workforce reduction in August.
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The pressures on the plant-based food company continue. In November, Beyond Meat reported a big drop in third-quarter revenue, escalating losses and tepid revenue guidance.
Facebook parent Meta META,
“Not only has online commerce returned to prior trends, but the macroeconomic downturn, increased competition, and ads signal loss have caused our revenue to be much lower than I’d expected,” he wrote in a post on the company’s public newsroom. “I got this wrong, and I take responsibility for that.”
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Zuckerberg wrote that while Meta would be making reductions in every area across both its Family of Apps and Reality Labs segments, some teams would be affected more than others. The cuts to Reality Labs will be closely watched for any potential impact on the company’s metaverse strategy, which is handled within the segment.
Meta’s job cuts came hot on the heels of layoffs at Twitter that affected about half of that company’s 7,500 employees. In late October, Elon Musk bought Twitter for the inflated price of $44 billion and quickly launched an effort to slash costs at the unprofitable company.
Before the layoffs hit, Twitter faced a class-action lawsuit over lack of notice to employees.
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The cuts, which came just before the midterm elections, also sparked concern about the microblogging site’s ability to fight misinformation in the postelection period.
On Dec. 6, San Francisco City Attorney David Chiu told MarketWatch that he will look into the loss of janitors’ jobs at Twitter.
In November, Lyft Inc. LYFT,
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The latest layoffs follow 60 job cuts in July; a hiring freeze through the end of the year was also implemented in September. In April 2020, in the early days of the pandemic, Lyft laid off nearly 1,000 employees and put another 288 on furlough.
Some companies confirmed their layoffs earlier this year. In August, Snap Inc. SNAP,
“The scale of these changes vary from team to team, depending upon the level of prioritization and investment needed to execute against our strategic priorities,” said Snap Chief Executive Evan Spiegel in a statement. “The extent of this reduction should substantially reduce the risk of ever having to do this again, while balancing our desire to invest in our long-term future and reaccelerate our revenue growth.”
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The Verge reported that Snap had more than 6,400 employees prior to the job cuts.
Also in August, Robinhood Markets Inc. HOOD,
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In April, Robinhood cut about 9% of its workforce. At that time, CEO Vlad Tenev wrote in a blog post that the company had grown from about 700 employees at the start of 2020 to nearly 3,800.
In July, Coinbase Global Inc. COIN,
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The crypto exchange had expanded rapidly, from 1,250 employees at the beginning of 2021 to 4,948 at the end of March 2022. “I am the CEO, and the buck stops with me,” said Armstrong, adding that the company grew too rapidly.
Also in July, Shopify Inc. SHOP,
Adobe Inc. ADBE,
“As part of our ongoing and routine business prioritization, we have shifted some employees to positions that support critical initiatives and removed a small number of specific roles to balance resources against top priorities,” said Adobe, in a statement emailed to MarketWatch.
Adobe is not doing companywide layoffs and is still hiring for critical roles across the company, it said. “The investments we’re making today to drive innovation, expand our product portfolio and serve a growing number of customers will enable us to continue to drive strong growth,” Adobe added.
The company has more than 28,000 employees worldwide.
Videogame retailer and meme-stock darling GameStop Corp. GME,
Speaking during a conference call to discuss the company’s third-quarter results, GameStop CEO Matt Furlong described reductions in headcount during the back half of 2022, but did not give specific numbers. “We now have a firm understanding of the resources required to pursue opportunities in gaming,” he said.
Additional reporting by Levi Sumagaysay, Bill Peters, Jon Swartz and Emily Bary.