The Companies Cutting Staff, Freezing Hiring or Slashing Costs: See the List

Companies which saw substantial growth during the Covid-19 pandemic are starting to take a more cautious approach toward hiring and spending.


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Still, last week’s jobs report showed the labor market continued growing rapidly. And many businesses have struggled to fill jobs throughout the pandemic. 

Here’s a look at the companies that are laying people off, changing their hiring practices or cutting spending. 


Twitter is imposing a hiring freeze and might renege on some job offers, Chief Executive

Parag Agrawal

said in an internal memo. The social-media company isn’t planning companywide layoffs, he said. “Please continue to treat Twitter’s resources as you would your own, and manage tightly to your budgets, prioritizing what matters most,” Mr. Agrawal said in the memo. The hiring freeze comes shortly after Twitter agreed to sell itself to

Elon Musk

for $44 billion. Mr. Musk said on Friday that his takeover deal was on hold, though he later said he was “still committed” to the acquisition.

Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters. The social-media company agreed to sell itself to Elon Musk last month.


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Carvana Co.

CVNA 2.43%

is cutting around 2,500 staffers, or 12% of its workforce after finalizing an expansion deal. The online car dealer grew substantially during the pandemic and paid for it through low-cost borrowing. “It has always been the right move to start building for growth well ahead of when we expect it to show up,” Carvana CEO

Ernie Garcia III

wrote in an email to employees. “This strategy worked for us every year until this one.” A spokeswoman told The Wall Street Journal that the adjusted head count will offer a better balance between sales volumes and staffing levels for the company. 


Peloton recently logged its worst quarterly loss as a public company and raised $750 million in loans to help bolster its balance sheet. In February, the at-home fitness company said it would cut 2,800 corporate jobs as it suffers from weaker-than-expected demand for its equipment. Instructors were excluded from the layoffs.  

The Los Gatos, Calif., headquarters of Netflix.


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Netflix Inc.

NFLX 7.65%

laid off about 25 people in its marketing department in April. Those cuts included some employees for the streaming giant’s website called Tudum, which produces content related to Netflix’s different shows and movies. A Netflix spokeswoman said the site “is an important priority for the company.”


Robinhood Markets Inc.

HOOD 24.88%

said late last month it was laying off 9% of its full-time staffers. The trading platform, which saw rapid growth during the Covid-19 pandemic as individuals flocked to trading, said it is cutting back on duplicate roles it added during that period of growth. Robinhood’s head count more than quintupled during the pandemic to 3,800 people, according to Chief Executive

Vlad Tenev.

“This rapid head count growth has led to some duplicate roles and job functions, and more layers and complexity than are optimal,” Mr. Tenev said.

Robinhood Markets began trading on Nasdaq last summer.


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Meta Platforms

Facebook parent Meta Platforms announced earlier this month a slowdown in hiring. “We regularly re-evaluate our talent pipeline according to our business needs and in light of the expense guidance given for this earnings period, we are slowing its growth accordingly,” a Meta spokesperson said in a statement. “However, we will continue to grow our workforce to ensure we focus on long term impact.”


Ride-hailing company Uber plans to scale back on its hiring and cut marketing costs. “We will treat hiring as a privilege and be deliberate about when and where we add head count,” Chief Executive

Dara Khosrowshahi

told staff in an email earlier this month. “We will be even more hard-core about costs across the board.”.

An Uber pickup zone at Midway International Airport in Chicago.


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Online mortgage lender has had three rounds of layoffs since December, including one where it fired 900 employees over a Zoom call. It also recently offered staffers voluntary buyouts. While mortgage lenders benefited from substantial refinancing and home buying earlier in the Covid-19 pandemic, they now face an environment where fewer people are expected to refinance and mortgage rates are climbing, which could curb home purchases. “This is not the measure we wanted to take,”

Richard Benson-Armer,’s chief people, performance and culture officer, told employees in a memo last month. “But, this is both prudent and necessary for the health of our business.”

Scotts Miracle-Gro

Scotts Miracle-Gro Co.

SMG 2.65%

Chief Executive

James Hagedorn

said earlier this month that the company is targeting cutting its overhead structure by around 10% before the start of the next fiscal year. He said the company aims to cut staff in its Hawthorne business and that it will “run skinnier and be more mindful of redundant roles” in its U.S. consumer businesses and corporate call centers.

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo

WFC 1.99%

& Co. has laid off people in its home lending department, a spokeswoman said, without disclosing the specific number of people affected. “The home lending displacements are the result of cyclical changes in the broader home lending environment,” she said.

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