Zoom Announces Layoffs and Executive Pay Cuts
Zoom Video Communications Inc., the San Jose-based video conferencing software company that became ubiquitous during the pandemic, has announced it will lay off 1,300 employees, or around 15% of its workforce. This is the latest in a series of Big Tech layoffs, joining Microsoft, Amazon, Meta, and PayPal.
In a memo to employees, Zoom’s CEO, Eric Yuan, said the layoffs would impact every part of the organization and that he and other executives would take a significant pay cut, after acknowledging he made “mistakes” in how quickly the company grew during the pandemic. He said he is reducing his salary for the coming fiscal year by 98% and forego his FY23 corporate bonus. Members of the executive leadership team will reduce their base salaries by 20% for the coming fiscal year while also forfeiting their FY23 corporate bonuses.
In the US, employees who are laid off are entitled to up to 16 weeks of salary, healthcare coverage, accrued bonuses, 6 months of stock option vesting, and additional benefits.
The layoffs come as Zoom stock declined significantly last year, as more workers returned to office life. Zoom is not the only company that has seen a sudden decline in its popularity due to the pandemic. Peloton, for example, has gone through several rounds of layoffs, and much of Big Tech, which also grew fast during the pandemic, has since announced layoffs, too.
Mr Yuan wrote in a blog post that Zoom was built to reduce the difficulty businesses experienced when working together. When the pandemic hit, our direction shifted, and I am proud of the way our company was able to help people stay connected. To make this happen, we had to rapidly increase our staff to accommodate the rising number of users and their ever-evolving requirements. Within 2 years, Zoom had grown 3 times in size, allowing us to cope with the demand and continue innovating.
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