Amazon approves only 8,000 out of 24,000 jobs posted

Amazon has acknowledged that its recruitment procedures are susceptible to inconsistency, inaccuracies, and possible misapplication


According to reports from Insider, Amazon posted 24,988 job openings in its Web Services Department in 2022, despite having only received approval for 7,798 positions.

This over-hiring situation led to the recent announcement of a second round of job cuts affecting 9,000 employees across various departments, including Amazon Web Services, Advertising, and Twitch.

Amazon has admitted that its hiring processes are prone to inconsistency, error, and potential misuse. One former recruiting manager revealed that leaders would often “squeeze people in where they could” due to over-hiring. Amazon CEO, Andy Jassy, cited the need to streamline costs and headcount in the face of uncertainty as the reason for the latest round of layoffs, which followed sustained hiring over the years.

This trend of job cuts due to over-hiring is not unique to Amazon, with all of the big tech companies, except Apple, having laid off or announced plans to sack employees. For example, Meta has already sacked nearly a quarter of its workforce, Google announced 12,000 job cuts in January, and Microsoft is planning to lay off 10,000 employees in the coming months.

Amazon’s situation highlights the importance of careful planning and consistency in hiring practices, as well as the need for companies to be mindful of their headcount and costs during periods of rapid growth.

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