Neha Desai (Changing the name), a software engineer working for one of India’s top five IT companies, says she would not want to join Twitter even if given the opportunity to do so. Given recent events and statements by Twitter CEO Elon Musk, she doesn’t believe a tech major can provide her with job security or work-life balance.
Desai is not alone in thinking so.
“It is a big tech company and may offer good pay, but stability in my career is equally important to me,” says a 28-year-old software developer from Pune. “Also, I read that Twitter’s new management expects employees to work 12 hours a day, seven days a week, which is absolutely radical. Life isn’t just work.”
business standard I spoke with several engineers, engineering schools, and HR experts to gauge the mood following reports that Twitter wants to hire engineers in countries like India, Brazil, Japan, and Indonesia.
According to a report in the edgeNow, Musk wants to decentralize Twitter by setting up engineering teams in these countries. In an internal meeting, he reportedly claimed that Twitter’s technology stack needed to be built from scratch by hiring engineers in India as well.
Twitter’s total employee count fell to nearly 2,750 in November from 7,000 in October after Musk took over the company.
Other big tech companies like Meta, Amazon, and now Google have also laid off employees this month, but not in a drastic way like Twitter.
Given Musk’s erratic behavior, engineers say they understandably had reservations about joining Twitter. Several HR experts have also spoken to advise Indian technologists to carefully evaluate job offers first from big tech companies before signing on to the dotted line.
AR Ramesh, Director of Digital Business Solutions, Professional Staff and International Engagement at Adecco, a Delhi-based job consultancy firm, believes that it is a gamble for engineers to join the platform right now. He says engineers must weigh the risks.
“The first thing is to understand Twitter’s new business strategy going forward,” he says. “Engineering prospects need to identify the new focus of the company and see if it aligns with their aspirations. Depending on how compatible the two are, other caveats can be negotiated, whether it be salaries or benefits such as insurance coverage.”
Despite the uncertainty, Ramesh believes that a job at a company like Twitter could be beneficial for young engineers willing to take a risk.
He adds that countries such as India offer good talent in the field of budget and cost. “When there is a downturn, whether it is due to a recession, or due to other macroeconomic conditions, jobs tend to move offshore to countries where there is talent and there is more offsetting cost. India is also growing from a domestic market perspective.”
Shiv Agarwal, managing director at staffing firm ABC Consultants, says, “The IT hiring frenzy may subside a bit due to layoffs, both in big tech and in start-ups. Jobs in the IT sector have fallen by 8 to 10 per cent.” . But this recession, he says, will likely be over in a few months. “I wouldn’t recommend engineers joining Twitter at this time because the situation in the company is very unpredictable, given all the layoffs.”
However, some recruiters see Twitter’s latest development as an opportunity for the Indian market.
“Twitter’s recruitment update in India is good news, especially for Indian engineers,” says Sachin Alug, CEO of NLB Services, a talent solutions company. “While this development can boost career growth for engineering talent in India, it can also encourage aspiring engineers to work harder and get good jobs.”
Kartik Narayan, Chief Personnel Officer, TeamLease Services adds, “We believe Twitter remains inherently a good tech company for software engineers to work for. The current layoffs seem to be a matter of readjusting itself for continued success based on market situations.”
The business benchmark for engineering schools to assess the mood after layoffs approached Twitter in particular and big technology in general, and they were also of the opinion that it would not be wise to close the door on these companies. Most colleges said they would remain open to these companies returning to campus if and when they plan to hire.
“Students want to start their career with a technical leader and a global brand,” says a senior executive from a renowned engineering college in South India.
Another director of the College of Engineering, speaking on condition of anonymity, adds, “People talk about the work culture at Amazon (which is full of problems), but many prefer to start their careers there. If you have Amazon experience on your resume, you will be hired by other biggies.” During a short period (of being unemployed).”