March 29, 2023

Facebook parent Meta Platforms will lay off roughly 10,000 employees over the next couple of months and close off a further 5,000 open jobs, the company announced in a blog post. The move marks the social media giant’s second major round of job cuts in recent months after it laid off 11,000 workers, or 13% of its staff, in November. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said Meta — which owns Instagram and WhatsApp — is looking to “make its organization flatter” by removing multiple layers of management and cutting certain projects, as part of “the year of efficiency.”

Latest layoffs: Airbnb, Citi and more

We Share with you here the listing of the continuous waves of layoffs sweeping the coast of American companies of all size, all dimensions and all over America.

First let’s Zoom on the top and sudden layoff of Zoom President, who was just hired and started his job on June 2022,

Zoom suddenly fires its president

By Jessica Hartogs, Editor at LinkedIn News

Updated 2 hours ago

Zoom has “abruptly” fired its president, reported Bloomberg, with effect from Friday. According to a regulatory filing, former Google exec Greg Tomb, who only joined Zoom Video Communications in June, will receive severance benefits following his “termination without cause.” Tomb was on a $400,000 annual salary and had been granted $45 million in stock that would vest over four years, per Bloomberg. Earlier this week, the video-conferencing firm announced better-than-expected earnings, as well as a 27% year-over-year jump in large enterprise customers.

Zoom laid off about 1,300 employees as part of a 15% workforce reduction in February, while CEO Eric Yuan reduced his own salary by 98% for the fiscal year and is forgoing his 2023 bonus.

By Melissa Cantor, Editor at LinkedIn News

Updated 1 hour ago

After several months during which both mass layoffs and hiring have neared record levels, private-sector data points to a labor market that could be starting to normalize. Companies that have been plagued by staff shortages are having an easier time hiring, The Financial Times reports, even as other sectors remain under pressure to prune costs. The LinkedIn News team continues to have an eye on industries that are hiring, as well as on the latest job cuts below. If you’ve been impacted by a layoff, find our best tips here.

Layoffs making headlines this past week:

On the heels of its first profitable year in 2022, Airbnb laid off 30% of its recruiting staff (0.4% of its total headcount of 6,800).

Zscaler, a provider of cybersecurity tools that has doubled its headcount over the past 18 months, says it will restructure and cut 177 jobs — about 3% of its 5,900 employees.

LinkedIn members are posting about layoffs at Truckstop, Orchard Homes, The Topps Company, Abnormal Security, Celonis and Rightpoint.

Citigroup is laying off hundreds of staffers across its investment banking, operations, IT and mortgage teams, Bloomberg reports, citing anonymous sources. The cuts affect less than 1% of Citi’s staff of 240,000.

Qurate, which owns QVC and HSN, let go of 400 people employed by the television-shopping networks.

About a dozen people, including longtime staffers, have been let go from CNET.

New leadership at Bridgewater reportedly intends to cut 100 jobs as part of a hedge fund-wide reorganization.

Wheels Up said it hopes to save $30 million via cost-cutting efforts and layoffs, though the aviation company has not yet said how many will lose their jobs.

A 2,600-person workforce reduction at BASF was expected to mostly affect European workers, but LinkedIn posts suggest U.S. workers are also feeling the German chemicals giant’s cuts.

Two months after being acquired by Bending Spoons, note-taking app Evernote is losing 129 employees to layoffs.

Instead of adding 1,000 workers in 2022 as planned, has now conducted its second round of layoffs in six months, leaving the conversational startup 15% smaller than it was six months ago.

Sonder, which once had a valuation of $2 billion, has let go of 100 people, or 14% of its headcount. The short-term rentals startup previously shed 21% of corporate staff and 7% of frontline staff last June.

In a second round of 2023 job cuts, Alphabet’s Waymo has laid off 137 employees, bringing its personnel losses for the calendar year to 8%.

Everyday Robots, another subsidiary of Google’s parent company, was shut down. It’s not known how many of the unit’s 200-plus staff members were laid off — only that both humans and robots lost their jobs.

Despite CEO Julia Hartz’s assertion in 2022 that live events are “recession-proof,” Eventbrite is implementing a workforce reduction of 8% and relocating 30% of roles to Spain and India.

General Motors is reportedly eliminating 500 executive-level and salaried positions, even though CFO Paul Jacobson said no layoffs were planned as recently as January.

MeridianLink, which creates lending software for financial institutions, is shrinking the size of its team by 9%.

ThoughtWorks confirmed to TechCrunch what several former employees had shared on LinkedIn: The Chicago tech consultancy has laid off 500 workers, or about 4% of its workforce.

Gaming company Electronic Arts is said to have let go of more than 200 quality testers in its Baton Rouge, Louisiana office.

Farm tech startup Indigo Ag eliminated 150 jobs in Memphis, Boston and North Carolina.

Layoffs at Micron, which got underway in February, will be much larger than anticipated. The Boise-based chipmaker and Idaho’s largest for-profit employer is cutting 15% of its 49,000-person workforce — more than 7,200 people — after previously saying 10%.

See which companies cut jobs in February Right Here Next.

Companies that cut jobs in February

By Melissa Cantor, Editor at LinkedIn News

Updated 2 days ago

The U.S. economy obliterated forecasts by adding more than 500,000 jobs in January. However, private-sector data from leading recruiting companies suggests that the number of job postings is declining, even if Labor Department reports have yet to reflect that. (February hiring figures will be released next week.) The LinkedIn News team continues to monitor the state of the labor market, with the latest job cuts below. If you’ve been impacted by a layoff, find our best tips here.

Companies that cut jobs in February:

Despite CEO Julia Hartz’s assertion in 2022 that live events are “recession-proof,” Eventbrite is implementing a workforce reduction of 8% and relocating 30% of roles to Spain and India.

General Motors is reportedly eliminating 500 executive-level and salaried positions, even though CFO Paul Jacobson said no layoffs were planned as recently as January.

ThoughtWorks confirmed to TechCrunch what several former employees had shared on LinkedIn: The tech consultancy has laid off 500 workers, or about 4% of its workforce.

LinkedIn members are posting about layoffs at Nike, which the company has yet to confirm, and at the health care startup Color, where former employees write that 300 positions were eliminated.

Stytch, a San Francisco startup aiming to rid the world of passwords, has let go of 19 employees — a move that reduces its workforce by 25%.

The American Car Center in Memphis abruptly announced that it was closing its doors and that “the employment of all employees of the company,” 288 people, would be terminated by the end of the business day on Feb. 24.

Perkins Coie, which ranks 42nd on American Lawyer’s list of the 100 highest-grossing law firms in the U.S., has laid off 58 “business professionals.” The firm is one of several in the legal field to recently downsize.

Cerebral parted ways with 285 employees in the third round of layoffs at the mental health startup within the past year, Business Insider reports.

Twitter has reportedly laid off more than 200 employees, or roughly 10% of a workforce that once was as large as 7,500 but now consists of about 2,000 workers.

Outreach, a sales startup based in Seattle, cut 70 jobs after failing to meet revenue targets.

Data analytics company Palantir Technologies is laying off less than 2% of its staff, the company announced. About 75 employees were affected by the cuts, CNBC estimates based on a recent company filing.

Fashion marketplace Poshmark laid off 2% of its staff, in a month that has also seen layoffs from rivals eBay and The RealReal.

Former Geico employees are posting on LinkedIn about layoffs at the insurance giant.

French biotech firm Mnemo Therapeutics is winding down its U.S. operations and laying off its U.S. team, according to members posting on LinkedIn.

Days after confirming it would cut 1,400 jobs in Sweden, telecom-equipment maker Ericsson said in a memo to employees seen by Reuters that it plans to eliminate 8,500 jobs worldwide.

Former EY employees are posting on LinkedIn about layoffs at the consulting giant, which appear to have primarily affected the talent acquisition team.

The Washington Post and The Verge both report that Meta is planning additional layoffs, echoing a Financial Times piece published earlier this month. All three publications cited anonymous sources.

Cincinnati-based media company E.W. Scripps intends to eliminate 300 positions over the next year, affecting 5% of its 5,600 employees.

Eat Just, a maker of plant-based foods, is cutting approximately 40 jobs, or about 18% of its “egg” division.

Merative, which was formerly known as IBM Watson Health, reportedly laid off 150 to 200 employees.

EVgo, a network for fast-charging electric vehicle stations, is reducing its headcount by 40 roles.

Driverless truck startup Locomation will reportedly cease operations and lay off about 80 people.

Unable to find the buyer it’s been seeking since 2022, generics maker Akorn Pharmaceuticals is filing for bankruptcy and abruptly letting go of all its employees, who will receive no severance pay and lose their health benefits by month’s end.

Wells Fargo, which said in January it would move away from home loans, has laid off “hundreds” of mortgage bankers and consultants, according to CNBC.

After predicting a $30 million deficit for the year, NPR will eliminate at least 100 positions, or approximately 10% of its staff, Bloomberg reports, citing an internal memo.

Consulting giant McKinsey & Co. is redesigning its non-client-facing teams in a move that could see 2,000 support staffers laid off, Bloomberg reports, citing anonymous sources.

Cutbacks in the crypto industry include layoffs at Messari (15% of staff), Fireblocks (30 people), Polygon (20% of staff; 100 people), Magic Eden (22 people), Protocol Labs (21% of staff; 89 people), Bittrex (83 people), Chainalysis (4.8% of staff; 44 people), Prime Trust (one third of staff) and CoinTracker (19 people).

The Bay Area saw several layoffs in late February, with Velodyne Lidar shedding 220 jobs, Medallia letting go of 59 people, Upstart Network cutting 102 roles, and Lucira Health reducing its staff size by 26.

Stax, a financial technology company that reached unicorn status about a year ago, has cut nearly two dozen employees.

Thirteen percent of staffers at the data tech startup Vibrent Health were let go.

PeerStreet, a real estate financing company, will lay off a “significant number” of employees by mid-April.

Former employees are posting on LinkedIn about jobs cuts at SAP, which announced in January it would lay off 3,000 people.

Biotech and pharmaceutical firms are busy handing out pink slips, with workforce reductions at Jounce Therapeutics (57% of staff), Impel Pharmaceuticals (16% of staff), Graphite Bio (50% of staff) and Cybin (15% of staff). Arch Oncology laid off all employees and will wind down operations.

Credentials platform StrongDM laid off 40 of its team members.

Seattle-area software maker Smartsheet is reportedly letting go of 85 employees, or less than 3% of its staff.

Beam Benefits, a digital HR provider based in Ohio, has reduced its workforce by 8%.

Former employees are posting on LinkedIn about mass layoffs at The Guard, an esports organization.

JPMorgan Chase, which reportedly cut hundreds of employees from its ailing mortgage business earlier this month, has laid off about 30 investment bankers in the Asia-Pacific region. It’s one of the biggest reductions to Hong Kong and China-based banking staff in years.

Outsourcing company TaskUs is letting go of 186 workers, primarily sales personnel.

Former employees of the German discount grocery chain Lidl are writing on LinkedIn about layoffs resulting from a restructuring of its U.S. division.

Payments processor Chipper Cash is downsizing the company by one third, with layoffs affecting an estimated 100 people.

Convoy is embarking on its third round of cutbacks in less than a year, according to a LinkedIn post from the digital freight network’s CEO.

Tackle, a unicorn-status cloud marketplace, has reduced its staff size by 15%.

DocuSign, which shed 9% of its staff in September, has announced plans to lay off another 10%. CNBC estimates that roughly 680 people could be affected.

KPMG is letting go of nearly 700 people, or about 2% of its staff in the U.S., making it the first of the Big Four accounting companies to do so.

DIY-website platform Wix is downsizing by 6% and eliminating approximately 370 roles, mostly at U.S. customer service centers.

LinkedIn members are posting about layoffs at Criteo, an ad tech firm that’s in search of a buyer.

There have been rounds of layoffs and fundraising at Terminus within the past year, but LinkedIn members are posting about more job cuts at the marketing-software firm.

Medical diagnostics companies are taking a hit following decreasing demand for COVID-19 tests, with layoffs reported at Thermo Fisher Scientific (230 people), Baxter International (5% of staff; 3,000 people) and Quest Diagnostics (1.5% of staff).

Observe AI, which counts Zoom among its investors, has reportedly let go of an unspecified number of workers.

Momentive will reduce its workforce by 14%, the AI company announced in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

A cost-cutting push by designer reseller The RealReal includes eliminating about 230 roles, or 7% of its workforce.

Bank of America, which had been “reluctant” to implement layoffs, will cut about 200 jobs from its investment banking business, Bloomberg reports, citing anonymous sources.

PICO, a VR brand owned by TikTok parent company ByteDance, is reportedly laying off 400 employees, or 20% of its staff.

Iowa-based cloud service provider DigitalOcean is cutting 200 jobs, or 11% of its employees.

ServiceTitan, which sells software for home contractors, is reportedly reducing its workforce by 8%, or approximately 221 employees.

Sprinklr, which crafts customer shopping experiences, reportedly let go of 100 employees, which represent 4% of its global workforce.

Striving to stretch its funds for two years, robotic surgery company Vicarious Surgical is shrinking its headcount by 14%.

Robo-financial advisor Betterment is closing its Philadelphia office and terminating 28 positions.

Rent-to-buy startup Divvy Homes laid off 12% of its staff, or about 40 people, as rising mortgage rates batter home sales.

Neiman Marcus Group is shaking up its leadership team and eliminating about 500 positions, 100 of which will affect corporate employees.

Udemy is reducing its headcount by 10%, the ed tech platform’s CEO announced.

IRobot, the maker of Roomba vacuums, announced in its Q4 earnings report it is laying off about 85 employees, or 7% of its workforce. The company is in the process of being acquired by Amazon.

LinkedIn has laid off an undisclosed number of staff from its talent acquisition team, according to a company spokesperson.

Showtime has let go of 120 employees prior to its merger with Paramount+, per The Hollywood Reporter.

Seventeen employees have been let go from the startup HackerEarth.

CommerceHub’s acquisition of Channel Advisor has resulted in more than 370 jobs being cut due to redundancies.

Layoffs at United Talent Agency are “said to be in the low single digits as a percentage of the company’s overall workforce,” Deadline writes.

Electric parted ways with “141 Electrons,” making the IT provider 25% smaller.

Spanish drugmaker Grifols says it will cut 2,000 U.S. jobs.

Collective Health has eliminated 54 roles, according to member posts on LinkedIn.

TripleLift, a programmatic ad platform, is reducing its workforce by 10%.

Rigetti Computing, which is in peril of being delisted from the Nasdaq over its low stock price, is replacing its CFO and CTO and laying off 28% of its workers.

Cloud communications firm Twilio is cutting 17% of its workforce — approximately 1,500 jobs, CNBC estimates.

Daily Harvest, which is facing wilting sales after one of its products allegedly made customers sick, aimed to lay off about 60 people this month, Bloomberg reports.

LinkedIn members are posting about layoffs at Dandy, a dental-software company.

BarkBox owner Bark is getting 12% smaller by cutting 126 jobs, in addition to curbing its use of contractors.

Olive AI, a health tech company with about 630 employees, has downsized by 35% and let go of 215 employees.

News Corp is cutting 1,250 positions, which is roughly 5% of its workforce, by end of year.

About 1,000 people have been laid off at Yahoo as the company restructures its digital ad business. The layoffs represent a workforce reduction of 12%; another 8% (600 more people) will be let go later in the year.

GitHub has announced cutbacks that will continue through the end of the fiscal year and affect 10% of its staff, Fortune reports. Like LinkedIn, GitHub is owned by Microsoft.

GitLab will “say goodbye” to 7% of its employees, its CEO wrote in a blog post. Based on the latest available public data, TechCrunch estimates that 114 people could be affected.

Disney will eliminate 7,000 positions as it restructures into distinct entertainment, ESPN and parks divisions.

Amid a slowdown in client spending and efforts to “more deeply integrate” its multiple brands, GoDaddy is laying off 530 employees, who represent 8% of the company’s workforce.

A bursting buy-now, pay-later bubble has claimed 19% of Affirm employees.

Pharmacy start-up Medly will close its stores and let go of its remaining team members by the end of the month.

Gusto has let go of 126 people, who comprise about 5% of the payroll provider’s staff.

Despite securing $105 million in new financing in June, Nomad Health is laying off workers, according to member posts on LinkedIn.

Zoom is laying off about 1,300 people as part of a 15% workforce reduction.

Vietnamese EV maker VinFast is cutting about 80 jobs in North America following a restructuring.

About 80 people have lost their jobs at Gong, a unicorn-status analytics company.

EBay says it will let go of 500 employees, a move that will shrink its workforce by 4%.

Secureworks, which is majority owned by Dell, has reduced its headcount by 9%. The layoffs are believed to affect more than 200 employees.

Truist Financial, which announced layoff plans in January, has reportedly let go of dozens of investment bankers.

Boeing said it expects to cut about 2,000 corporate jobs.

Dell Technologies reportedly plans to eliminate around 6,650 positions, or 5% of its global workforce.

Two unicorn-status tech firms in Silicon Valley have reportedly implemented layoffs, with Clari shedding about 20 roles after a prior round of cuts in August and Workato letting go of 90 employees.

There are reports of layoffs at several Boston-area companies, including the unicorn-status marketing firm Drift (59 people); health tech firm Kyruus (70 people) and 3-D printing firm Desktop Metal (180 people, 15% of workers).

Getir, one of several rapid delivery startups struggling to gain U.S. market share, reportedly laid off 100 corporate employees.

Salesforce, the biggest employer in San Francisco, has begun to move forward with a workforce reduction that was announced in January.

Ten percent of employees at the Seattle startup Highspot have reportedly lost their jobs.

Getaround, a peer-to-peer car-sharing company, has let go of 10% of its staff.

Autodesk has laid off approximately 250 employees, or less than 2% of its global workforce.

Games publisher Tilting Point is reducing its global headcount by 10%.

Cutbacks at Mindstrong affected 127 employees, along with the mental health startup’s CEO.

Boston-area health tech firm Athenahealth laid off 178 people, which amounts to roughly 3% of its global workforce.

The Agency, a Bravo-famous real estate brokerage, has reportedly laid off 4% of its staff.

LinkedIn members are posting about layoffs at the software firm Genesys, urban data firm Replica, gifting platform Sendoso (which also laid people off last year), e-learning developer Articulate, digital ad platform MediaMath, communications provider Dialpad, and the consumer tech company Tally.

Austin telehealth company Wheel is parting ways with 28% of its workers.

The D.C.-based cybersecurity firm Cyren has reduced its staff by 121 employees.

Okta, which makes identity and login verification software, will cut 300 jobs, or about 5% of its workforce.

Legal tech company Exterro has cut nearly two dozen jobs, mostly from its recently acquired competitor, Zapproved.

Software developer Miro is laying off 7% of its global workforce, or 119 employees.

Following a smaller round of cutbacks in December, Pinterest has let go of another 150 employees, or less than 5% of its total workforce.

REI’s HQ staff is getting 8% smaller. The outdoor retailer has laid off 167 employees.

In a rare move, FedEx is trimming its global management team and eliminating 10% of its officer- and director-level roles.

Sports betting giant DraftKings is cutting 140 jobs, or approximately 3.5% of its workforce, amid a reorganization.

As rivals slash prices on electric vehicles, EV-maker Rivian is reducing its global workforce by 6%.

Roughly 325 employees have been let go at Splunk, a software company.

Match Group — the Dallas-based company that owns Hinge, Tinder and OkCupid, in addition to — will lay off about 200 people, or 8% of its global workforce.

Bustle Digital Group is reducing its staff size by 8% and has cease publication of the recently rebooted website Gawker.

New York Community continues to downsize its mortgage-origination team, from 2,100 workers in 2021 to 800.

Wish laid off 150 employees, or 17% of its workforce, as part of the mobile shopping app’s “turnaround journey.”

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