Amazon will add 2,500 office jobs in Southern California

Amazon is significantly expanding its employee presence in Southern California, announcing office leases to house 2,500 new corporate and technology jobs in Santa Monica, Irvine and San Diego.

The e-commerce giant said on Tuesday it had signed three leases, combining 439,000 square feet, for what it described as “tech hubs” in the three cities. Leases bring Amazon’s Southern California office footprint to over 1.5 million square feet, an increase of more than 40 percent, according to real estate brokerage data.

The Seattle-based company said it plans to recruit locally for jobs in various areas including retail, operations, gaming, and web services. Specific roles include software development engineers, game designers, and user experience designers.

The three offices are the latest in a corridor of sites that Amazon has opened in the past two years to handle the increased demand from home consumers during the pandemic. last week, the company recognized that the hiring madness has left her with too many workers and too much warehouse space as reported a Quarterly loss of $ 3.8 billion.

Growth of e-commerce has slowed as the pandemic subsides, and analysts say the company must now reduce its workforce without triggering union riots that would aid unionization efforts.

Amazon workers in a New York facility on Monday rejected a union. Workers at another Staten Island warehouse he voted for the union in Aprila novelty for the nascent trade union movement among Amazon employees.

A view of an office park in Irvine.

Amazon’s new lease at Spectrum Terrace in Irvine will house 800 new employees.

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The retailer said it opened 15 locations in Southern California last year and added 17,000 jobs statewide, bringing Amazon’s total California workforce to 170,000. Amazon doubled its logistics network during the pandemic and is currently the second largest private employer in the United States with 1.62 million workers.

“These 2,500 new jobs include roles in building cloud infrastructure, improving the Alexa experience, and designing cutting-edge video games,” said Holly Sullivan, Amazon’s vice president of global economic development.

The offices will be open by the middle of next year and workers will be hired in three years, the company said.

The largest lease is in Santa Monica, where Amazon signed a deal to lease a 200,000-square-foot space at Water Garden, a shopping mall about two miles from the beach. The complex already houses an office for Amazon Studios, as well as other tech companies including software giant Oracle and video game creator Naughty Dog.

Expected to open in mid-2023, the new site will expand Amazon’s technology hub in Los Angeles and host more than 1,000 new technology and business jobs.

In Irvine, where the company has signed a lease for 116,000 square feet of office space on Spectrum Terrace, a modern complex with cabins designed for meetings and an upcoming lap pool. The opening is expected by the end of the year, the site will host around 800 new employees.

“Economic development, especially job creation, is key to the growth of our city. Amazon’s expansion of its technology hub in Irvine is a testament to the fantastic talent pool and high quality of life our city has to offer, “said Irvine Mayor Farrah Khan, adding that the investment is a vote of confidence in the city.

An aerial view of an office building complex.

Amazon has signed a lease for a 123,000-square-foot space at the University Town Center to house more than 700 employees.

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In San Diego, the company signed a lease for a 123,000 square foot space at the campus center, which will host approximately 700 new employees. They will join approximately 1,000 employees who already work at Amazon’s San Diego technology hub. The space will open in early 2023.

Times staff writer Roger Vincent contributed to this report.

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