Musk says Twitter is recruiting weeks after laying off half its staff

  • Elon Musk shared slides from a company presentation on Twitter online. “We are hiring,” read one slide.
  • His job site doesn’t show any open positions, but The Verge reported that he was looking for engineers.
  • Since Musk bought Twitter, its workforce has been cut by around three-quarters due to layoffs, resignations and layoffs.

Just a week after taking control of Twitter, the new owner, Elon Musk, laid off almost half of the company’s staff.

Since then, the tech mogul and Tesla CEO has laid off more staff, some through layoffs aimed at downsizing the company and others through more targeted layoffs.

But after fighting to shed staff, Twitter is still hiring, Musk said in a presentation to the company, slides of which he posted on Twitter.

“We’re recruiting,” the slide simply said.

from twitter job search sitehowever, it does not show any open positions in the company.

Musk has drastically cut and changed Twitter’s workforce since acquiring the company. After his $44 billion acquisition deal went through on October 27, he quickly fired some of the company’s top executives, including CEO Parag Agrawal and CFO Ned Segal.

The following week, Musk began laying off staff, cutting about half of the company’s workforce. Musk also began firing some workers who were critical of him and his leadership at the company.

And then the remaining staff received an ultimatum.

At midnight on November 15, Musk briefly described “Twitter 2.0” and told workers they would have to be “extremely tough” and work “long hours at high intensity” or be fired and receive three months’ severance.

But fewer people committed to the company’s new vision than Musk and his team expected, Insider previously reported. As the November 17 deadline approached, company vice presidents and Musk himself called some workers “critical” in a desperate attempt to persuade them to stay, Insider reported.

Less than half of the company’s remaining roughly 4,000 employees ultimately opted to stay, a person familiar with Twitter’s processes told Insider’s Kali Hays. But despite his attempts to keep workers, some of those who pledged to Musk’s vision of “hardcore” Twitter were also fired, including members of his ad sales team.

Musk told a general meeting last Monday that no more layoffs were planned at the company. But two days later, on Wednesday night, several dozen more Twitter workers, mostly engineers, were fired on performance grounds.

The slide in Musk’s presentation to company staff doesn’t say what roles the company is hiring for. The Verge reported earlier this month that Twitter was reaching out to engineers it wanted to recruit for “Twitter 2.0, an Elon Company” after staff failed to subscribe to Musk’s ultimatum.

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