Anguish as layoffs see man lose Amazon job a month after exiting lucrative position

Tom Mboya Opiyo, a Kenyan IT professional, took to LinkedIn on Saturday saying that his planned relocation to Europe to work with a leading global company has fallen through due to the company’s ‘annual operating review’.

Mboya announced last month that he was getting ready to start a new job after quitting his position as Unga Group Limited’s Head of ICT.

In his post, he stated, “Sadly, it has fallen through due to business changes as part of the organization’s ‘annual operating review’ that impacted the role and many others.”

The company, whose identity NTV can confirm is Amazon, is letting go of about 18,000 workers globally.

Mboya’s family was scheduled to depart this weekend after six months of preparation so that he could begin working on January 16th, 2023.

Yet four days before the scheduled departure date, he received a call informing him that the position had been also been affected.

“My family is truly devastated after planning for the move for 6 months but I trust that God has a plan for us. They will go for counseling and I hope this helps,” Mboya shared.

He also gave some advice to those who were thinking about accepting global appointments, saying it was crucial to be aware of the risks and take preventative measures.

He urged people not to resign until the visa application and verification processes were complete and gave the advice to go ahead and invite the family later.

“Basically, don’t put all your eggs in one basket – something we learnt long time ago, don’t resign until you get the visa – the process has taken us over 5 months – family document verification, police clearance, new passports, EU work authorization approvals in Europe, notarization and attestation of documents, etc. With bureaucracy in both countries, it’s a big problem and time consuming,” he said.

Mboya also revealed that his family has already sold their household stuff, cars, and even moved out of their house, so they must now start all over again.

“In our case, the kids had left their schools, we sold the cars and households and even moved out of the house so now we have to start afresh,” he said.

In addition, he said that he hadn’t anticipated being in this kind of circumstance at this point in his career, adding that some people need to go through difficult times in order to serve as examples for others.

“Keep us in prayer. God is good all the time,” he added.

As it fights to cut costs, Amazon announced plans to slash more than 18,000 jobs on January 5, the highest number in the company’s history.

The multinational online giant, which employs 1.5 million people worldwide, did not specify which nations would be affected by the job cuts but did say they would affect Europe.

Amazon CEO, Andy Jassy, blamed the cuts on the “uncertain economy,” noting that the company had “hired quickly over several years.”


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