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

Hundreds of Twitter’s remaining employees have resigned ahead of Elon Musk’s “extremely hardcore” cultural reset of the company, according to internal Slack posts seen by The edge and tweets from employees.

The new purge of Twitter’s ranks comes after Musk recently fired dozens of employees who criticized or mocked him in tweets and internal posts. Musk then set a deadline at 5 p.m. ET on Thursday for all employees to answer “yes” to a Google form if they want to stay for what he calls “Twitter 2.0”; otherwise today would be their last day of work and they would receive severance pay. After the deadline was reached, hundreds of employees quickly began posting goodbye messages and salute emojis to Twitter’s Slack, announcing that they had said no to Musk’s ultimatum.

“I’m not pushing the button,” one departing employee wrote in 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 about 2,900 employees remaining before the Thursday deadline, thanks to Musk unceremoniously laying off about half of its 7,500 workforce when he took over and the layoffs that followed. Remaining and departing Twitter employees told The edge that given the magnitude of the layoffs this week, they expect the platform to break soon. One said they’ve seen “legendary engineers” and others look up to leave one by one.

“It feels like all the people who made this place incredible are leaving,” the Twitter staffer said. “It’s going to be extremely hard for Twitter to get rid of this, no matter how hardcore the people who remain try to be.”

Multiple “critical” teams within Twitter have now either completely or nearly completely resigned, said other employees who asked for anonymity to speak without Musk’s permission. So does Twitter’s traffic and front-end teams who direct technical requests to the appropriate back-end services. The team that maintains Twitter’s core system libraries that every engineer at the company uses is also gone. “You can’t run Twitter without this team,” said one departing employee.

Several members of Twitter’s “Command Center” team, a group of engineers available 24/7 and acting as the clearinghouse for internal issues, also tweeted about their departure. “If they fall out, there’s no one to call when shit breaks,” said one person familiar with how the team works. The team that manages the Twitter API for developers is also deeply upset.

In a tweet On Thursday night, Musk said, “The best people stay, so I’m not worried.”

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His first priority as Twitter’s new owner was to fundamentally reset the work culture. In an email to employees this week that was received by The edge, he wrote: “To build a breakthrough in Twitter 2.0 in the future and succeed in an increasingly competitive world, we will have to be extremely hardcore. This means long hours of high intensity work. Only exceptional performance constitutes a pass.’

Many employees were annoyed by Musk’s management style, and Musk himself has become paranoid that they will sabotage the company. He met with a small group of senior engineers earlier on Thursday to learn why so many of them were planning to leave, according to staff familiar with the meeting. Shortly after Musk’s deadline to choose to stay with the company, an unsigned email was sent to employees stating that badge access to his offices had been suspended “effective immediately” until Monday.

Departing Twitter employees 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 decide to stay also don’t know how Musk plans to compensate them with stock now that Twitter is a private company, though he has said “exceptional” artists will be given stock options, just like with SpaceX, his other private company. 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 sent to a recruit seen by The edge.

“I’ve been here at Twitter for over 11 years,” one employee wrote in Twitter’s Slack as the salute emojis poured in Thursday. “In July, I was the 27th most tenured employee at the company. Now I am the 15th.”

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

Departing employees also tweet their decision to leave. We’ve collected a few that you can see below:

Twitter no longer has a communications department to contact for comment.

Update 12:20 p.m. ET Nov. 18: Added more details about Twitter teams affected by Elon Musk’s firing and tweet.

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