When Elon Musk took over Twitter, there were over 7,400 employees working for the company. But soon after he sat on the throne, he started laying off employees rapidly. From top executives to engineers to salespersons, approximately 50% of Twitter’s task force was laid off leaving the company with around 2,700 employees, reported Firstpost. But that’s not all. More employees began to resign after Elon Musk put a new work order in place – work long hours or leave.
And now, it seems like Elon Musk is running short on coders. According to India Today, nearly 1,200 software engineers left Twitter last week after Elon had sent everyone a mail asking them to stretch work to 80 hours a week. Several employees didn’t agree to Musk’s demands and resigned with 3 months’ pay.
Soon after, Elon sent an email to all his employees asking them if there was “anyone who actually writes software” and if yes, he urged them to meet him.
“Anyone who actually writes software, please report to the 10th floor at 2 PM today,” the email allegedly read.
He further asked the potential coders to “email a bullet point summary of what (their) code commands have achieved in the past 6 months, along with up to 10 screenshots of the most salient lines of code” to him.
“If you’re working remotely, please email the request below nonetheless and I will try to speak to you via video. Only those who cannot physically get to Twitter HQ or have a family emergency are excused. These will be short, technical interviews that allow me to better understand the Twitter tech stack. If possible, I would appreciate it if you could fly to SF to be present in person. I will be at Twitter HQ until midnight and then back again tomorrow morning,” he wrote in a series of emails.
Not just Twitter but top companies like Google, Amazon, Meta and many others are laying off employees from across the world as they fear an impending economic recession. Several former employees have taken to social media platforms to seek jobs and ask for help from strangers.
It is indeed a sad state of affairs.