Though its total headcount has already blown past Microsoft’s, it doesn’t look like Amazon is planning on slowing down its growth any time soon.
The Seattle-based online retailer added 7,500 employees to its roster last quarter, which is a massive expansion compared to Microsoft’s additional 414 employees, and the 1,700 new employees Google brought on board during the same period.
Amazon now employs 117,300. That number includes full and part-time workers, but not temporary workers.
According to statements by Amazon CFO Tom Szkutak on its quarterly earnings call, the company added a net seven fulfillment centers last quarter, and added significant square footage to others, which would explain part of why it added so many new employees.
While its revenue growth in the past quarter failed to meet analyst estimates, that hasn’t stopped the company from continuing to expand. The fact that Amazon added so many full-time employees during the holiday quarter, on top of the tens of thousands of temporary workers needed to meet seasonal demand is a good sign for the company’s business.
Still, its expanding workforce could lead to more pressure on its labor practices. Last month, representatives of labor union Ver.di protested outside Amazon headquarters over pay at the company’s warehouses in Germany. Earlier this month, a small group of workers at an Amazon facility in Delaware failed to pass a vote to unionize.