Pedestrians outside the Twitter headquarters in San Francisco on October 6, 2022.
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Twitter’s full-time workforce has shrunk to about 1,300 employees, including fewer than 550 full-time engineers by title, according to CNBC’s internal filings. About 75 of the company’s 1,300 employees are on furlough, including about 40 engineers.
The company’s trust and security team, which makes policy, design and product change recommendations to keep all Twitter users safe, has fewer than 20 full-time employees.
Under Elon MuskTwitter management has reduced the number of employees mass layoffsother end and changes that made many resign, including the end of a work from home policy forever which was introduced under former CEO Jack Dorsey.
Before Musk led the $44 billion buyout of Twitter last year, Twitter had about 7,500 employees. There had been talk of layoffs internally and they were expected to happen regardless of whether Musk’s takeover went through or not. But Musk has cut Twitter’s workforce by far more than many expected — or by 80%, according to internal records and two recent employees who spoke to CNBC.
According to an engineer who resigned from the company, the loss of staff and downsizing will make it difficult to reliably maintain the service while building new features.
The person, who asked not to be named while discussing a previous employer, explained that the company’s codebase is huge and requires knowledge of different platforms and programming languages to manage different parts of Twitter — such as advertising services versus a basic timeline. . The skill sets of engineers, they said, are not necessarily transferable across all of these. And it will be difficult to train engineers after losing so much institutional knowledge, this person added.
In addition to about 1,300 full-time employees, Musk also brought in about 130 people from his other businesses, including TeslaSpaceX and The Boring Company, as well as talent from venture funds and other firms to work on Twitter.
Since taking over Twitter, Musk has faced backlash from Tesla shareholders for being a distraction, fueling political controversy with his Twitter strategy and for selling billions of dollars worth of Tesla stock to finance his takeover of Twitter.