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Hundreds of workers have rejected Elon Musk’s ‘extremely hardcore’ offer of employment. Twitter

Hundreds of workers have rejected Elon Musk's 'extremely hardcore' offer of employment. Twitter

Musk provided the Twitter staff with a deadline by which they needed to indicate whether or not they will remain with the company following his cultural reset. And right on the dot, the goodbye emojis began pouring into Twitter’s Slack channel.
According to employee tweets and internal Slack messages that were viewed by The Verge, hundreds of Twitter’s remaining employees have resigned ahead of Elon Musk’s “extremely hardcore” cultural reset of the company. Musk is expected to announce his plans to reset Twitter’s culture later this week.

Musk recently fired dozens of employees who had criticised or made fun of him in tweets and internal messages, which led to the most recent purge that has taken place within Twitter’s ranks. Musk then established a deadline of 5 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on Thursday for all employees to respond “yes” on a Google form if they want to remain for what he is calling “Twitter 2.0;” otherwise, today would be their final day of work, and they would receive a severance package. As soon as the deadline passed, a large number of Twitter employees immediately began posting farewell messages and salute emojis in the company’s Slack channel, announcing that they would not comply with Musk’s demand.

One employee who was leaving the company posted in Slack, “I’m not pressing the button.” My watch stops with the launch of Twitter 1.0. I have no interest in participating in Twitter 2.0.”
Due to Musk’s abrupt firing of approximately half of Twitter’s 7,500-person workforce when he took control of the company and the subsequent resignations that followed, the company had approximately 2,900 employees left before the deadline on Thursday. Given the scale of the resignations that have taken place this week, both departing and departing Twitter employees have told The Verge that they anticipate the platform will start breaking very soon. Someone mentioned that they have witnessed “legendary engineers” and other influential people in their field step down one by one.

Twitter employee said something along the lines of “it feels like all of the people who made this place incredible are leaving.” “It will be extremely difficult for Twitter to recover from this situation, regardless of how hardcore the people who remain try to be,” said the person. “Twitter will have a very difficult time.”

According to other employees who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were speaking without Musk’s permission, a number of “critical” teams within Twitter have now either completely or nearly completely resigned. This includes the traffic and front end teams at Twitter, which are responsible for directing engineering requests to the appropriate backend services. Additionally, the team that was responsible for maintaining Twitter’s core system libraries, which were utilised by each and every engineer working for the company, has left the company. An employee who was leaving the company said, “You cannot run Twitter without this team.”

Several members of Twitter’s “Command Center” team, which is comprised of engineers who are on call around the clock and serve as the company’s central point of contact for all internal issues, also tweeted about their plans to leave the company. A person who is familiar with the way the team functions was quoted as saying, “If they go down, there is no one to call when shit breaks.” The group that was responsible for managing the Twitter API for developers has also been decimated.

Musk posted the following message to his Twitter account on Thursday evening: “The best people are staying, so I’m not super worried.”

Musk himself has developed a paranoid fear that his employees will try to undermine the company’s success because of the management style that Musk employs, which has irritated many employees. According to employees who were present and familiar with the meeting, he gathered a small group of senior engineers early on Thursday morning and asked them why so many of them planned to leave the company. An unsigned email was sent out to employees shortly after the deadline for Musk to decide whether or not he would continue working at the company. The email stated that badge access to the company’s offices had been suspended “effective immediately” until Monday.

Even though they have not yet had the opportunity to look over their separation agreements, departing Twitter employees have been informed that they will receive pay equivalent to at least three months of their employment. Employees who choose to remain with the company are also uncertain about how Musk intends to compensate them with stock now that Twitter is a privately held company, despite the fact that Musk has stated that “exceptional” performers will receive stock options similar to what they receive at SpaceX, another privately held company he owns and operates.

According to a message that was sent to one potential recruit and which was seen by The Verge, Twitter recruiters have already begun reaching out to outside engineers to determine whether or not they are interested in joining “Twitter 2.0 – an Elon company.”

One employee at Twitter wrote in the company’s Slack channel on Thursday as the salute emojis were flooding in, “I have worked here at Twitter for over 11 years.” When July rolled around, I was the 27th employee with the longest tenure at the company. Now it’s my turn to be the 15th.

Another message left for the employees read, “Where did all of these chopped onions come from?”

Additionally, departing employees tweeted their reasons for leaving the company. The following are some that we have compiled for your perusal:

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