Tech companies chop hundreds of Bay Area jobs as layoffs mount

George Avalos, The Mercury News on

Published in Business News

OAKLAND, California — Tech company layoffs are poised to eliminate hundreds of jobs in the Bay Area, an ominous new round of layoffs that might jolt the region’s primary economic engine.

Malwarebytes, Shift Technologies, Robinhood Markets and Rivian Automotive have notified the state’s labor agency that they have embarked on cutbacks that are slated to jettison about 450 jobs in the Bay Area, according to official notices filed with the government.

Here’s the local impact of the layoffs that are in the works as a result of several tech company job cuts, which together total 453 positions. The layoffs were detailed in WARN notices filed with the state Employment Development Department:

— Rivian Automotive, an Irvine, California-based maker of electric vehicles, plans to eliminate 208 jobs at multiple locations in Palo Alto.

— Robinhood Markets, a financial services tech company, or fintech, is cutting 146 jobs in Menlo Park, the city where Robinhood is based.

— San Francisco-based Shift Technologies, which operates an e-commerce online marketplace for used-car sales, is cutting 52 jobs in Oakland.


— Santa Clara, California-based Malwarebytes, an Internet security company that specializes in protecting home computers, smartphones, and companies from malware and other digital threats, is cutting 47 jobs at its Santa Clara headquarters, part of an overall reduction of 125 positions throughout the company.

These layoffs have arrived at a time when multiple tech titans, including Google, Amazon, Facebook app owner Meta Platforms, Netflix and Apple have revealed plans to slow down their pace of hiring. Amazon and Netflix, however, each have launched actual job cuts.

Amazon’s total staffing shrank by 99,000 from the end of March to the end of June worldwide.

Los Gatos, California-based Netflix has chopped about 500 jobs this year, including full-time workers, part-timers and contractors. The Netflix layoffs include a loss of slightly more than 100 jobs in Los Angeles.


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