WAITR Lays Off Nearly Two Dozen Lafayette Employees
WAITR announced today (6/27) that they have laid off some of their Lafayette employees.
According to KATC, WAITR has laid off nearly two dozen of their Lafayette employees. The layoffs affect office employees and not drivers. The company says that it's due to the acquisition of Bite Squad and the overlapping of areas.
WAITR Founder and CEO Chris MEaux released a statement regarding the lay offs:
As part of the Bite Squad acquisition, there became areas of overlap within the Company. With that, we have made the difficult decision to streamline select parts of the organization through a synergistic reduction; no jobs are being outsourced. We believe this will help maximize efficiencies and is necessary to best position our organization for continued growth and future success. We remain committed to the growth and development of the company in Louisiana, and are focused on strengthening our team in Technology, Customer Success, Sales and Accounting, among other areas of growth
Back in February, it was reported that WAITR would be hiring 200 people. The State of Louisiana offered the company a competitive incentive package that included a $1.5 million performance-based grant to offset headquarters facility renovation costs; a $1.25 million higher education grant to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to support a pipeline of talent to Waitr and other technology employers through the university’s School of Computing and Informatics; and the comprehensive workforce solutions of LED FastStart. Waitr was also expected to utilize Louisiana’s Quality Jobs Program.