Chaos, confusion reign over layoffs at Twitter

Nov 3 (Reuters) – Fear and dread spread through the offices of Twitter Inc on Thursday as 7,500 workers from San Francisco to Singapore feared job cuts planned to affect about half the staff, according to current and former employees and message board posts. with Reuters.

Since billionaire Elon Musk took over last week, he has kept employees in the dark. He has not addressed staff or laid out his plans for the company’s future, leaving employees to scour message boards, news stories and tweets from Musk and his advisers for clues about their fate, multiple employees said.

Managers were prohibited from calling team meetings or communicating directly with staff, a senior Twitter employee said, adding that they were being monitored.

“Looks like we’re working with the Gestapo,” they said.

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Employees have largely stopped posting to internal Slack channels for fear of retaliation from new bosses, with many instead opting for encrypted messaging apps and the company’s dedicated Twitter channel in the Blind app, which provides employees with a place to share information anonymously.

“I’m really worried about the tweeps,” a Twitter employee, who verifies employees through their work email addresses, wrote to Blind on Thursday. Colleagues on Twitter often refer to each other as “pigs.”

The comment only scratched the surface of the dark and troubling mood inside the social media company now controlled by the chief executive of Tesla Inc ( TSLA.O ). Workers are waiting to hear whether they will still have jobs on Friday, when layoffs are expected to begin, according to speculation among workers.

WAITING FOR THE HAMMER

Some Twitter employees have stopped taking calls or responding to emails from customers hounding them for information because they didn’t know if they still had jobs, an employee told Reuters.

Others raced to meet deadlines until Friday US time, when they waited for the ax to fall, another official said. One manager tweeted a picture of herself sleeping on the office floor in a silver sleeping bag.

While some worried about annual bonuses or how they would be notified of layoffs, others rushed to apply for jobs at other companies. International employees were concerned about the status of their visas. An employee asked Blind for advice on whether it’s worth mentioning Twitter on his resume.

Employees who spoke to Reuters said they learn about changes at their company by observing their work logs and snapshots of conversations from managers, not from formal communication from Musk or other leaders.

An employee confirmed that “rest days”, which are hugely popular company-wide days off, have been removed from calendars for the rest of the year.

“Give us the details,” a Google employee wrote in a Blind post addressed to Twitter staff.

“It’s worse than anything you read. Much worse,” one Twitter employee responded.

Reporting by Sheila Dang in Dallas and Katie Paul in Palo Alto, California. Additional reporting by Arriana McLymore in New York Editing by Kenneth Li and Matthew Lewis

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