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Amazon Adds Thousands of Corporate Jobs

Plans for an Eventual Return to the Office

Amazon (AMZN) is making plans to add 3,500 corporate jobs to its workforce. These plans include expanding the company’s office space in New York, Phoenix, San Diego, Denver, Detroit, and Dallas. In contrast to other tech companies, some of which have embraced remote work indefinitely, Amazon is laying the groundwork for an eventual return to the office.

“The ability to connect with people, the ability for teams to work together in an ad hoc fashion—you can do it virtually, but it isn’t as spontaneous,” explained Ardine Williams, the company’s Vice President of Workforce Development.

Amazon is Back in the Big Apple

Amazon is adding over 900,000 square feet of office space, including space in the iconic Lord & Taylor flagship department store building in Manhattan, which Amazon purchased from WeWork for over $1 billion. Amazon’s plans, especially in New York, show that it believes talented workers will still be concentrated in urban centers, despite the fact that some people have left cities during the pandemic.

Amazon’s move to grow its corporate presence in New York comes on the heels of a conflict between the company and New York lawmakers and activists. Amazon’s plans to spend $2.5 billion on a second headquarters in Long Island City, Queens was met with opposition. Now the company has a new way to grow its presence in the Big Apple.

What Roles Will Be Added?

Amazon is the second-largest private employer in the US after Walmart (WMT), with 602,000 employees in the country. Worldwide, Amazon has more than 1 million employees.

The new positions Amazon is creating will include product management and engineering roles, as well as roles related to Amazon Web Services, Amazon Fresh, Alexa, and other departments. The company says it is hiring for some of the positions now, and the rest will be filled over the course of the next two years.

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