Walmart is planning to shut down three of its tech hubs in the US, according to a Wall Street Journal report. A memo reviewed by the publication reveals the company’s move. In addition, Walmart has asked its hundreds of employees to relocate if they want to keep their jobs. Walmart’s global chief technology officer, Suresh Kumar, issued this memo that says the retail giant will be closing its tech offices in Austin, Texas; Carlsbad, California; and Portland, Oregon.
The employees in these locations must relocate to other locations where Walmart has its primary offices, such as San Bruno, California or Bentonville, Arkansas.
The Wall Street Journal quoted a spokeswoman from the company saying that Walmart is hoping to relocate most workers and others will be allowed to work remotely forever. Also, the employees who choose to quit the company will be given severance pay.
“We’ve made the decision to focus our tech team’s presence within select locations,” the spokeswoman was quoted as saying.
The move might prove to be challenging for some employees as uprooting your entire life and moving to a different location isn’t really easy, but it is certainly better than announcing mass layoffs.