Amazon to create 2,500 office jobs in Southern California

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

The e-commerce giant said on Tuesday that it has signed three leases totaling 439,000 square feet for what it calls “tech hubs” in three cities. As a result of the lease, Amazon’s Southern California office space has surpassed 1.5 million square feet, representing an increase of more than 40%, according to brokerage firms.

The Seattle-based company said it plans to hire local people to work in a variety of areas, including retail, operations, gaming and web services. Specific roles include software engineers, game designers, and user interface designers.

The three offices are the latest in a string of sites that Amazon has opened over the past two years to cope with rising demand from home-stayed consumers during the pandemic. Last week, the company recognized that due to hiring too many workers and too much storage space, as he reported $3.8 billion quarterly loss.

E-commerce growth has slowed as the pandemic has subsided, and analysts say the company should now cut its workforce without causing unrest among workers who could help unionization efforts.

Amazon workers at a New York facility on Monday rejected the union. Workers at another warehouse in Staten Island voted to unify in Aprilthe first nascent union movement among Amazon employees.

View of an office park in Irvine.

Amazon’s new lease on Spectrum Terrace in Irvine will have 800 new employees.

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The retailer said it opened 15 sites in Southern California last year and added 17,000 jobs across the state, bringing Amazon’s total workforce in California to 170,000. Amazon has doubled its logistics network during the pandemic and is currently the second largest private employer in the US with 1.62 million employees.

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

Offices will open by the middle of next year and workers will be hired within three years, the company said.

The biggest lease deal is in Santa Monica, where Amazon signed a lease on a 200,000-square-foot space at the Water Garden Business Center, located about two miles from the beach. The complex is already home to Amazon Studios, as well as other tech companies including software giant Oracle and video game creator Naughty Dog.

The new site is expected to open in mid-2023. It will expand Amazon’s Los Angeles tech center and create more than 1,000 new tech and enterprise jobs.

In Irvine, where the company signed a 116,000-square-foot office lease on Spectrum Terrace, a state-of-the-art cabana complex with an Olympic-length pool is on the way. It is expected to open later this year with about 800 new employees.

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

Aerial view of a complex of office buildings.

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

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In San Diego, the company signed a lease for 123,000 square feet at University Town Center, which will accommodate about 700 new employees. They will join the approximately 1,000 employees already at Amazon’s San Diego tech center. The space will open in early 2023.

Times Staff Writer Roger Vincent contributed to this report.