Hundreds of Twitter employees quit after Elon Musk’s ‘hardcore’ ultimatum

Hundreds of remaining Twitter employees have resigned ahead of Elon Musk’s “very hardcore” cultural reset at the company, according to an internal Slack message. edge And employee tweets.

The latest purge of Twitter’s ranks comes after Musk recently fired dozens of employees who criticized or mocked him in tweets and internal messages. Musk then set a deadline of Thursday at 5PM ET for all employees to answer “yes” to a Google form if they were “Twitter 2.0;” Calling wants to stay for him. Otherwise, today will be their last day of work and they will receive a severance package. After the deadline hit, hundreds of employees quickly began posting farewell messages and salute emojis on Twitter’s Slack, announcing that they had said no to Musk’s ultimatum.

“I’m not pushing buttons,” posted one departing employee on Slack. “My watch ends with Twitter 1.0. I don’t want to be part of Twitter 2.0.”

“My watch ends with Twitter 1.0. I don’t want to be part of Twitter 2.0.”

Twitter had roughly 2,900 remaining employees before Thursday’s deadline, thanks to unplanned layoffs of about half of the 7,500 employees when Musk took over and then resigned. Remaining and departing Twitter employees said edge That, given the scale of the resignations this week, they expect the platform to begin breaking down soon. One said they saw “legendary engineers” and others saw them pass one by one.

“It looks like all the people who made this place incredible are leaving,” the Twitter worker said. “It’s going to be extremely difficult for Twitter to recover from here, no matter how hard people try to be.”

Multiple “critical” engineering teams within Twitter have now resigned entirely or nearly entirely, said another employee who asked not to be named to speak without Musk’s permission. For example, the team that maintains Twitter’s core system library that every engineer in the company uses left after Thursday. “You can’t run Twitter without this team,” the employee said.

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Musk’s first priority as Twitter’s new owner is to fundamentally reset its work culture. An email to staff this week that was received edge, he wrote: “To create a breakthrough Twitter 2.0 and succeed in an increasingly competitive world, we have to be extremely tough. This means working out for long periods of time at a high intensity. Only exceptional performance will constitute a passing grade.

Many employees became confused by Musk’s management style, and Musk himself became confused that they would sabotage the company. He met with a small group of senior engineers on Thursday to hear why many of them planned to leave, according to employees familiar with the meeting. Shortly after Musk’s deadline to stay at the company expired, an unsigned email was sent to employees saying badge access to his offices had been suspended “effective immediately” until Monday.

Departing Twitter workers have been told they will receive at least three months’ pay, though they have not yet had a chance to review their severance agreements. Employees who decided to stay on also don’t know how Musk plans to compensate them with stock now that Twitter is a private company, although he said “outstanding” performers will get stock options, as they do at SpaceX, his other privately held firm.

Meanwhile, Twitter recruiters have already started reaching out to outside engineers to see if they’d like to join “Twitter 2.0 – an Elon company,” according to a message seen by a recruiter. edge.

“I’ve worked here at Twitter for over 11 years,” one employee wrote on Twitter’s Slack Thursday as salute emojis poured out. “In July, I was the company’s 27th longest-tenured employee. Now I’m 15th.”

“Where did all these chopped onions come from,” read another employee’s message.

Departing employees also tweeted their decision to leave. We have collected some that you can see below: