Seattle, Washington -Starbucks laid off 350 corporate employees on Tuesday as a part of the reorganization agenda.
The expected changes in regard to layoffs were announced earlier this fall.
The world’s biggest coffeehouse company spent the fall on reviewing its corporate team, starting from senior vice president and vice president level under the pressure to accelerate sales growth.
The job cuts were not intended at the retail store level. Most of the layoffs were expected for the company’s Sodo headquarters.
The company did not provide specific details, but an unspecified number of senior executives were laid off in September.
The wave of unexpected changes by the biggest coffee chain company surprised employees.
One laid-off employee, who preferred to remain anonymous, said she was given an hour to turn in company equipment and leave the building. This practice was in sharp contrast with the earliest layoffs when employees were given more advanced notice.
According to chief operating Rosalind Brewer, some of the organizational changes increased fourth-quarter sales on November 1. Certain marketing, customer and employee analytic efforts contributed to these improvements.
Before these layoffs, Starbucks transferred more than 500 employees to Nestle in the US and Europe.