Juul

Juul layoff list emerges; 1,550+ employees have been cut in the past year

🌎 San Francisco Bay Area βˆ™ πŸ‘© 1,550 employees βˆ™ πŸ–₯ All departments

Juul, a maker of e-cigarettes, laid off 900 employees (30%) last month in a move unrelated to the coronavirus. The company has been mired in controversy over its role in the rise of underage vaping.

Juul also laid off 650 employees last October, bringing the total number of employees cut in the past year to 1,550.

In the wake of these layoffs, two separate lists of ex-Juul employees have emerged (see links below πŸ‘‡). The official Juul Labs Alumni List contains 49 ex-employees actively looking for a job, though not all are from the most recent round of layoffs. The unofficial Juul layoff spreadsheet contains 79 ex-employees, but most were from last October’s layoff and may have already found new jobs.

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Brex

Brex laid off 62 employees to “prioritize building over growing”

🌎 San Francisco βˆ™ πŸ‘© 62 employees (15%) βˆ™ πŸ–₯ All departments

Brex, which provides credit cards to other startups, announced Friday that it laid off 62 employees (15%). Brex said it was “restructuring the company to prioritize building over growing over the next year” due to the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

The company’s customers are predominantly other startups. As startups reduce their spending or go out of business, Brex makes less money from the interchange fees on its credit card product.

Brex is providing laid-off employees with 8 weeks of severance pay and health insurance through the end of 2020. The company is also waiving its 1-year equity cliff and extending the exercise period on vested stock options. Employees will be allowed to keep their company-issued computer.

See link below πŸ‘‡ for an opt-in spreadsheet of employees laid off. 8 individuals were listed as of early Monday morning, but more may be added over time.

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PayJoy

EXCLUSIVE: Fintech startup PayJoy laid off 23 employees

🌎 San Francisco βˆ™ πŸ‘© 23 employees (25%) βˆ™ πŸ–₯ All departments

PayJoy, a lending startup that enables customers without a bank account or credit history to buy smartphones on installment payments, laid off 23 employees (25%) on April 28. A company executive tells Layoffs.fyi that the employees’ last day will be on June 30.

PayJoy told employees that despite a very strong Q1, the company expects a large and uncertain impact on its revenue and fundraising prospects for the next year due to COVID-19. The layoff was intended to extend its cash buffer to weather the economic fallout from the pandemic. PayJoy has raised $71 million in equity and debt financing from Greylock, Union Square Ventures, and others.

The company shared with Layoffs.fyi a spreadsheet of 21 affected employees, including 12 in Engineering, that are open to being contacted about career opportunities (see link below πŸ‘‡).

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Samsara

Samsara lays off 300 employees, launches public alumni directory

🌎 San Francisco Bay Area, Atlanta βˆ™ πŸ‘© 300 employees (18%) βˆ™ πŸ–₯ All departments

Samsara, which makes Internet-connected sensors that help industrial companies optimize their operations, laid off 300 employees yesterday (18%). The company also raised $400 million at a lower valuation ($5.4 bn) than the one from its September raise ($6.3 bn).

Samsara blamed the economic downturn for its layoff without specifying details, though its down round suggests that the company was operating without enough cash to last through the pandemic.

The company is also implementing other cost-cutting measures such as slashing executive salaries by 30% for the rest of the year, cutting non-essential spending, and freezing hiring for 6 months.

Following the example set by Airbnb and Uber, Samsara launched an official alumni talent directory (see link below πŸ‘‡ ). The Samsara layoff list features 100 ex-employees, mostly in the Bay Area.

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Uber

Official Uber layoff list goes live; over 500 ex-employees listed

🌎 Multiple locations βˆ™ πŸ‘© 3,000 employees (13%) βˆ™ πŸ–₯ All departments

On Monday, Uber laid off 3,000 additional employees on top of the 3,700 employees cut two weeks ago. In a memo to the team, Uber’s CEO alluded to the creation of a public alumni talent directory as part of the company’s efforts to support departing employees.

That alumni directory is now live. Similar to the official Airbnb layoff list, Uber’s version allows recruiters and hiring managers to filter laid-off employees by location and role. Additional details include whether the person is open to relocation and/or remote work, and any experience managing people.

See below link πŸ‘‡for the official Uber layoff list, as well as an unofficial Uber layoffs list that we posted previously.

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Ridecell

SF-based Ridecell laid off 35 employees, half of whom are engineers

🌎 San Francisco Bay Area βˆ™ πŸ‘© 35 employees (15%) βˆ™ πŸ–₯ Engineering

Ridecell, an operations platform for ride-sharing companies, laid off 35 employees (15%) last Thursday, according to a laid-off employee. Its customers are presumably struggling right now due to the nationwide lockdowns.

Ridecell joins the many transportation startups that have conducted layoffs during the coronavirus pandemic. Just yesterday, Uber increased the count of its May layoffs to 6,700 employees. Lyft laid off nearly 1,000 employees in late April. Kid-friendly ride sharing companies Zum and HopSkipDrive have also done layoffs.

See link below πŸ‘‡for an opt-in list of Ridecell employees laid off, which includes 16 engineers in the Bay Area.

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Uber

Uber lays off 3,000 more employees, on top of the 3,700 laid off earlier this month

🌎 SF Bay Area βˆ™ πŸ‘© 3,000 employees (13%) βˆ™ πŸ–₯ All departments

As Layoffs.fyi forecasted last week, Uber laid off 3,000 more employees this morning. This comes on top of the 3,700 employees Uber cut two weeks ago, and brings the total to 6,700 laid off (25% of staff).

In conjunction with the layoff, Uber is also closing down 45 offices, winding down its product incubator and AI labs, pursuing strategic alternatives for Uber Works, and re-evaluating its self-driving units.

Nationwide shelter-in-place orders have hammered Uber’s ridesharing business. Its core business has fallen around 80% during the pandemic. Meanwhile, growth from Uber’s food delivery business has not been enough to offset the decline.

Uber previously told staff that laid-off employees would receive 10 weeks of severance pay and healthcare coverage through the end of 2020.

In addition to the 6,700 employees let go by Uber this month, the company has also cut 536 employees from Middle East subsidiary Careem, as well as all 400-500 employees from e-scooter subsidiary Jump.

See link below πŸ‘‡for an existing unofficial list of 400+ employees laid off from Uber, mostly from the May 5 layoff. Expect this list to grow a lot bigger in the coming days.

UPDATE: An official Uber layoff list has been created. Added link below.

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Tally

Credit card automation startup Tally laid off 28 employees

🌎 SF Bay Area βˆ™ πŸ‘© 28 employees (23%) βˆ™ πŸ–₯ All departments

Tally, which helps users manage multiple credit cards, laid off 28 employees (23%) last Monday, according to an internal memo reviewed by Layoffs.fyi. In addition to severance pay, Tally is offering laid-off employees reimbursed health insurance through the end of 2020, an extension of the post-termination exercise period on vested stock options to one year, and a six-month subscription to LinkedIn Premium.

If you’re recruiting in San Francisco, see link below πŸ‘‡for a list of employees laid off across Engineering, Design, People Operations, and a few other functions.

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Uber

Uber laid off 3,700 employees, with more expected

🌎 SF Bay Area, NYC, Chicago, Phoenix βˆ™ πŸ‘© 3,700 employees (14%) βˆ™ πŸ–₯ Customer support, recruiting

Uber, the ridesharing service, laid off 3,700 employees (14%) last Wednesday. The layoff was concentrated in the company’s customer support and recruiting teams. Uber CEO’s letter to staff strongly hinted that more cuts are coming in the next week, including in engineering and product.

The Information reported that as many as 5,400 employees are expected to ultimately be laid off. However, one source tells Layoffs.fyi the total count could be as high as 6,700. In addition, 400-500 employees are reportedly being cut from Uber’s subsidiary Jump, which is being offloaded to Lime as part of Uber’s investment in the electric scooter company.

See link below πŸ‘‡for a crowdsourced list of 250+ employees laid off from Uber.

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Sandbox VR

Sandbox VR laid off its engineering team

🌎 SF Bay Area βˆ™ πŸ‘© Unknown # of employees βˆ™ πŸ–₯ Engineering

A virtual reality startup, Sandbox VR conducted a layoff last week. Its CEO also announced that he was laying himself off.

The layoff included Sandbox VR’s entire engineering team. See link below πŸ‘‡for the resumes of 5 laid-off engineers, who are spread across multiple locations.

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