Both Elon Musk’s Twitter and everyone who lost their jobs two months ago are having difficult times. According to a previous report by India Today Tech, Musk fired almost 170 people in India, leaving only about 80 people in all of the country’s offices.
Musk promised severance pay for affected employees in November after laying off thousands of workers. India Today Tech has learned that the Twitter CEO has still not given impacted employees, including those laid off in India, information about severance pay.
A recent Twitter employee who was laid off in early November revealed that he still hadn’t received the severance letter on the microblogging site. In response to Elon Musk’s tweet about giving severance pay to laid-off workers, Sam Stryker, who worked in Twitter’s social media division, tweeted, “I was laid off 2 months ago with thousands of coworkers and I’ve never even seen a severance letter, let alone been offered severance.” The circumstance for former Twitter employees in India is unchanged.
The affected employees in India were anticipating learning more about their severance package around the end of December, but that hasn’t happened. India Today Tech has been informed that the Twitter Human Resources department has not yet provided any updates on severance pay.
By the end of this month, impacted employees in India are still hoping to hear something about severance. There are currently no official details available on the matter from the company. Musk has also been quiet about the subject so far.
At the company, Musk is starting a number of cost-cutting initiatives. The billionaire fired the janitors, which led to dirty restrooms and forced employees working out of Twitter HQ to bring toilet paper from home.
In addition, Musk no longer provides the complimentary lunches that were once provided by former CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey. At the San Francisco headquarters, the new Twitter CEO has also started auctioning off kitchen appliances and unused furniture.
The precise number of employees let go by Twitter in India is unknown. However, out of 250 employees at Twitter India, about 170 (including those who were fired and those who resigned voluntarily) are no longer working for the company, according to sources close to India Today Tech. Additionally, we learn from our sources that the remaining 80 workers (approximately) are struggling under Musk’s direction, particularly the engineers.
The majority of engineers working from India offices are struggling, and some even put in weekend hours to meet Musk’s demands. Twitter Engineers from India are reportedly among those most impacted by Musk’s “hardcore” workplace culture. According to sources close to India Today Tech, the majority of engineers based in India are required to push features quickly and participate in sporadic code reviews at odd hours. In fact, because Musk insists on it, engineers occasionally have to work on the weekends as well.