The Verge reported Monday that after Elon Musk screwed up the Twitter staff, he told the remaining employees he plans to hire new engineers and salespeople. “During a comprehensive meeting with Twitter employees today, Musk said the company has completed layoffs and effective hiring for roles in engineering and sales and that employees are being encouraged to make referrals, according to two people who attended and obtained a partial recording from The Verge,” the report said.
Musk completed his $44 billion purchase of Twitter on Oct. 27 and laid off about half of the company’s 7,500 employees. He issued an ultimatum to the rest of the staff last week, saying they must commit to “working long hours at high intensity” to keep their jobs; The ultimatum came with a choice of remaining with the company or resigning with three months of termination.
Some of the sales staff who chose to stay after Musk’s ultimatum were reportedly laid off soon after. With the recent layoffs, Twitter has reportedly let go of around 2,700 employees. Musk has also laid off about 5,000 contractors and banned remote work while warning employees of a “terrible” economic outlook.
In a meeting yesterday, Musk told the staff that “in terms of important hires, I would say that people who are great at writing software are the top priority.” Another report from the Verge last week stated that “Twitter recruiters have already started approaching outside engineers to see if they want to join ‘Twitter 2.0 – an Elon company.'”
Musk is looking for “anyone who actually writes software.”
Musk told the staff in his final email that under his ownership, Twitter will be “more engineering-driven. Design and product management will continue to be very important and will be my responsibility, but those who write great code will make up the majority of our team and have the greatest influence.”
After Musk’s deadline passed, he began meeting with the engineers who chose to stay. In an email to staff on Friday, Musk wrote, “Anyone who actually writes software, please report to the 10th floor at 2pm today. Before doing so, please email me a bullet summary of what your code has achieved in the past ~6 months, as well as Up to 10 screenshots of the most prominent lines of code.
Musk may have to quickly hire engineers to keep Twitter’s systems working properly. A report by the Washington Post quoted a former employee as saying that other layoffs and departures “left up to two, one engineer, even zero engineers, multiple mission systems.” The Verge report said the departments that were spun out include “Twitter’s traffic teams and front-end teams that route engineering requests to the correct back-end services.” “The team that maintains Twitter’s core system libraries that every engineer in the company uses is gone, too.”