Oracle Has Started Laying Off US Employees With More Cuts Expected

  • The database giant Oracle has started laying off some US employees, sources told Insider.
  • It may cut thousands of jobs globally, according to news reports.
  • Workers in Canada, India, and Europe may be next.

The database giant Oracle began laying off more of its US workforce on Monday, employees have confirmed to Insider.

The company may cut thousands of workers globally — including in the US, Canada, India, and Europe — to reduce costs by $1 billion, The Information reported last month.

Oracle employs about 130,000 employees.

Layoffs had already begun in Oracle’s advertising unit, which cut about 60 people last month, Insider reported. Meanwhile, top executives like Ariel Kelman, its chief marketing officer, and Juergen Lindner, a marketing leader, are expected to depart the firm.

Other units apparently taking cuts include Oracle CX Marketing, SFGate reported, citing posts on LinkedIn and TheLayoff.com. The marketing organization that reports up to Kelman may also experience cuts, another source told Insider.

Layoffs are not unheard of at the tech giant, although a $1 billion target would be substantial. In its fiscal 2022, which ended in May, the company spent $191 million on restructuring costs, primarily related to employee severance, it reported in June. Last year, it spent $431 million on such costs, it said.

The cuts come amid big changes for the Austin, Texas, company: Oracle last month won regulatory approval for its $28 billion purchase of the medical-records company Cerner and is absorbing its roughly 20,000 employees.

Oracle also recently won a contract to store the US user data for the ByteDance-owned video app TikTok — a deal that may boost its cloud ambitions as it seeks to overtake cloud giants like Amazon Web Services.

The database company reported better-than-expected earnings in June, with a 5% revenue increase from the year before and cloud revenues of $2.9 billion. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, its cloud platform, still lags AWS, Microsoft, and Google Cloud in overall market share.

Oracle could not be immediately reached for comment.

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