Several weeks after layoffs, Salesforce will add 12,000 jobs over the next year

On the heels of job cuts a several weeks ago, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff said on Twitter Thursday night that his company would add 12,000 jobs over the next year. Benioff said in his tweet that Salesforce plans to add 4,000 jobs over the next six months.

"Join our 54K employee strong Ohana defining the future of software," Benioff said. "Salesforce is the world(')s fastest growing Top 5 enterprise software company."

The new job announcements followed on the heels of Salesforce reportedly telling employees last month it planned to cut 1,000 jobs the day after it raised its full-year guidance and reported record sales in Q2.

Benioff previously tweeted in March that his company wouldn't layoff any employees and encouraged other CEOs to take a 90-day “no layoff” pledge.

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In another Thursday night tweet, Benioff said he was giving all of his employees the day off on Nov. 3 in order to allow them to vote. Verizon announced on Thursday it was given its U.S. based employees four hours off of paid time off on Nov. 3 to allow them to vote.

Along with Microsoft 365, Salesforce's enterprise cloud software was popular before the coronavirus pandemic, but even more so after shelter-in-place polices went into effect. During the pandemic, businesses of all stripes moved more of their workloads and data into the cloud. In the second quarter, Salesforce announced its tools to help organizations return to work.

In the most recent second quarter, Salesforce's sales grew 29% to $5.15 billion topping Wall Street analysts' expectation of $4.87 billion in revenue. Salesforce said it generated a $2.85 per-share profit, in part based on accounting adjustments.

Salesforce increased its full-year outlook, projecting sales in the current financial year that runs through the end of January to increase to between $20.7 billion and $20.8 billion. It previously cut its outlook to around $20 billion in sales from as high as $21.1 billion.

Salesforce expects to generate $5.24 billion to $5.25 billion in sales in the current third quarter, which was above the $5.02 billion forecast by analysts.