survival The billionaire had given employees just over 24 hours to choose between a “hardcore” job or the door
Elon Musk funded Twitter buyout with $13 billion in debt, with interest of one billion a year which could quickly suffocate the blue bird. — Photo Sipa/editing “20 Minutes”
Twitter is playing its survival. Hundreds of employees – and maybe more – resigned on Thursday, the day after an ultimatum from Elon Musk who had asked employees who survived the first wave of layoffs to choose between giving “ bottom, unconditionally” and leave. Half of the group’s 7,500 employees had already been fired two weeks ago by the multi-billionaire.
According to the specialized media, many engineers have slammed the door, including some who were dealing with critical tools for the network infrastructure, which could therefore experience severe turbulence in the coming days. To add to; the confusion, the company HQ was curly up to Monday, until the situation becomes clearer.
Case à tick
On Wednesday, Elon Musk, who bought Twitter for 44 billion dollars three weeks ago, had asked; individually to the employees of the social network a commitment “hardcore” to “working long hours at home high intensity to build a revolutionary Twitter 2.0 and succeed in an increasingly competitive world.
“Only outstanding performance will earn a sufficient mark,” in this internal mail consulted by AFP. Employees had until Thursday afternoon to click on the “yes” box, otherwise you will have to leave Twitter with compensation. corresponding to; three months salary. Management strongly denounced, especially since many foreign employees cannot stay in the United States without a visa.
According to The Verge, hundreds of employees, and possibly as many as 1,000 – but we don’t know if they will all leave – did not check the “yes” box. On the company’s internal Slack, many employees have announced their departure with the emoji of a military salute.
“And just like that, after 12 years, I quit. Twitter. I have nothing but love for all my dear tweeps (nickname for company employees). I love Twitter and I will bleed at always blue,” engineer Satanjeev Banerjee. His colleague Parker Lyons chose the song I’m gone by Oliver Tree.
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Fear of failure, or worse
According to Zoë Schiffer, specialist media journalist Platformer, Twitter warned all employees on Thursday afternoon that offices were temporarily closed and inaccessible, even with a badge.
According to The Verge, “critical” quit, including the one who maintained the system libraries that all Twitter engineers use. “You can't run Twitter without this team,” an employee at the site, on condition of anonymity.
According to the New York Times, Elon Musk dispatched Tesla engineers in recent weeks, but they will need time to familiarize themselves with Twitter and its computer code. In the meantime, the site can continue on autopilot, but any unexpected problems could cause an outage that could be difficult to fix.
As his business goes through turmoil, Elon Musk, reacted Thursday night with a joke: « How to make a small fortune with social networks? Starting with a big one. ”