GoDaddy moving some jobs from Hiawatha to Arizona

An exterior sign is seen at the GoDaddy campus in Hiawatha. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
An exterior sign is seen at the GoDaddy campus in Hiawatha. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

Internet domain-hosting company GoDaddy will move 134 positions from its Hiawatha office to Arizona, the company told employees Wednesday morning in an email.

If employees choose not move to Arizona, they will be placed on paid administrative leave until their last day on Sept. 1, with 90 days of benefits after that, according to the email.

Severance will include two weeks of full pay for each year at the company and health insurance through the end of the year.

Employees with experience in GoDaddy’s inbound sales department can move to inbound support to remain in Iowa, a company spokesman said.

GoDaddy cited decreased revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic and increased effectiveness of one “high energy in-office environment” instead of multiple sales offices.

“The outbound sales teams have made many creative efforts over the last three months to reverse the impacts of COVID-19, but the results of these improvements are still far below what we need for these operations to be sustainable,” said Aman Bhutani, GoDaddy CEO, in the email to employees.

It’s part of the company’s “decision to restructure” its sales team, affecting 813 employees nationwide.


GoDaddy spokesman Dan Race said the company is evaluating the future for all its office buildings, including the Hiawatha office.

GoDaddy has reported 430 employees in Hiawatha.

“We’ll be assessing our corporate real estate across all of GoDaddy, knowing we’ll need to use our space differently in a COVID-19 world,” Race said in an email.

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