Salesforce To Slash 10 Per Cent Of Workforce, Close Some Of Its Offices

Salesforce To Slash 10 Per Cent Of Workforce, Close Some Of Its Offices

Salesforce Inc said it plans to slash jobs by 10 per cent and close some offices, after rapid pandemic hiring left it with a bloated workforce amid an economic slump, Reuters reported.

According to the report, the Cloud-based software firm on Wednesday said the job cuts would lead to about $1.4 billion to $2.1 billion in charges, while only about $800 million to $1 billion will be recorded in the fourth quarter.

Companies from Meta Platforms Inc to Inc have cut thousands of jobs in the past year, in preparation for a recession, expected as a result of aggressive interest rate hikes by global central banks to curb inflation.

Businesses that relied on Cloud services during the pandemic are now trying to reduce expenses and are delaying new projects, hurting companies such as Salesforce and Microsoft Corp.

In a letter to employees, Salesforce Co-Chief Executive Officer Marc Benioff, said, “The environment remains challenging and our customers are taking a more measured approach to their purchasing decisions. As our revenue accelerated through the pandemic, we hired too many people leading into this economic downturn we’re now facing, and I take responsibility for that.”

Salesforce had nearly 80,000 employees at the end of the third quarter, up from about 70,000 a year earlier.

The company said in its quarterly regulatory filing that it increased headcount “to meet the higher demand for services”.

“It (the company) is certainly not alone as the sector has grappled with a demand environment that has meaningfully softened over the last 12 months,” William Blair analyst Arjun Bhatia said.

The move puts Salesforce in a good position to meet its 2026 target of 25% operating margin but the macro backdrop could pose risk to its $50 billion revenue target, Bhatia said.

“There is high likelihood of right-sizing by other software firms,” RBC Capital Markets analyst Rishi Jaluria said.

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