Elon Musk is taking drastic steps to transform Twitter. The billionaire notably organizes interviews to evaluate the developers on the basis of their code. Musk’s modus operandi quickly caused concern among employees, who fear mass layoffs.
Elon Musk has just taken over Twitter. The richest man in the world was quick to make controversial decisions. Without delay, he dismissed the main managers of the social network, including Parag Agrawal, Jack Dorsey’s replacement as CEO. These dismissals would cost around 120 million dollars in compensation to Elon Musk, reveals The Guardian.
From his first day in office, Elon Musk then put the pressure on Twitter employees. According to our colleagues from Bloomberg, he asked Tesla engineers to go to the premises of the social network. A host of Tesla cars have also been spotted in the company’s garages in San Francisco. According to information gleaned by the media, they had already been responsible for controlling the entire code of Twitter, prior to the finalization of the acquisition.
Chaos within the company
Subsequently, Elon Musk asked engineers to arrange interviews with Twitter developers, reports Axios. Unsurprisingly, Musk wanted to be present during these interviews. In anticipation of the interviews, the new boss of the platform asked the employees toprint all written code within 30 or 60 days.
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— Leah Culver (@leahculver) October 28, 2022
On Twitter, several employees posted a photo of the printed sheets for the evaluation. As Casey Newton, a journalist at Platformer, reports, the employees found this approach as strange as it was unnecessary, especially since the employees also had to present the code on their computer. Apparently, Elon Musk also realized the incongruity of the process. He would therefore have asked the developers to get rid of printed sheets. Hundreds of pages were sent to the shredder last Friday.
Here it is: Twitter engineers were told today to *print out* their last 30 to 60 days of code, so they could show it to Elon Musk himself.
Then they were told wait, no, actually, please shred all that code you just printed out.
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—Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) October 28, 2022
This backpedaling has contributed to accentuating the chaos that has reigned within the company since the arrival of Elon Musk. According to Platformer, employees regret lack of clear official communication. A meeting between employees and managers was yet scheduled last Thursday, just before the announcement of the takeover. It was canceled a few hours before, leaving the workers in the dark.
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Elon Musk denies wanting to rush layoffs
Determined to straighten out the company’s balance sheet, Elon Musk would plan to dismiss some of the group’s employeesreport our colleagues from New York Times. The billionaire would have asked senior executives to put together a list of employees to be fired.
The layoffs would be effective before Tuesday, November 1, 2022, the date on which employees receive stock market shares as part of their compensation. By accelerating the process, the company would thus avoid having to pay subsidies to outgoing employees.
A Washington Post report agrees. The new leader of Twitter would have planned to dismiss 2000 of the 7500 employees. For its part, Axios reveals that the group’s employees expect October 31 to be a “Black Monday”, with severe staff reductions. The Product department would be especially in Musk’s crosshairs. Engineering managers and product managers would soon be pushed out.
Elon Musk denied the information in a tweet. In response to a journalist relaying the New York Times report, he simply assured that ” it’s wrong “. Musk does not specify whether he denies only the timing of the layoffs or the downsizing. Nevertheless, it remains unlikely that the entrepreneur denies the layoffs, which have already started at Twitter. The tweet was more likely about his desire to fire employees before November 1 to avoid stock subsidies.
This is false
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 30, 2022
Unsurprisingly, this influx of leaks and rumors has caused a wave of panic among employees. In the absence of communication official, many fear imminent dismissal.
First change for Twitter
In parallel, Elon Musk has already made changes to his social network. He asked that users arriving on Twitter.com be automatically redirected to Explorerthe section dedicated to trends and popular hashtags.
This change only affects users who have logged out of their account. If you’re logged into your Twitter account, you’ll always see your homepage when you click on Twitter.com. Elon Musk did not explain the reasons behind this change, reports The Verge. According to the employees interviewed, this request is mainly aimed at show he’s the boss. As expected, Elon Musk is imposing a new management style on Twitter employees.
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