Twitter announces it’s laying off 8% of the company
After reports that Twitter would be laying off staff across the company last week,
its been confirmed today that the company t has let go of 336 of its staff.
The move comes just a week after Jack Dorsey was made permanent CEO of
the company. and its likely an attempt to lean up its staff, which was made up
of more than 4,100 employees worldwide. The restructuring is billed as “part of
an overall plan organize around [Twitter’s] top product priority.
Business Insider shared the latter Jack Dorsey sent to all twitter employees this morning:
From: Jack Dorsey
Date: October 13, 2015
Subject: A more focused Twitter
We are moving forward with a restructuring of our workforce so we can put our
company on a stronger path to grow. Emails like this are usually riddled with corporate speaks so I’m going to give it to you straight.
The team has been working around the clock to produce streamlined roadmap for Twitter, Vine and Periscope and they are shaping up to be strong. The roadmap is focused on the experiences which will have great impact. We launched the first of these last week with Moments, a great beginning, and a bold peek into the future of how people will see what’s going on in the world.
The roadmap is also a plan to change how we work, and what we need to do that work. Product and Engineering are going to make the most significant structural changes to reflect our plan ahead. We feel strongly that Engineering will move much faster with a smaller team, while remaining the biggest percentage of our workforce. And the rest of the organization will be streamlined in the parallel.
So we have made an extremely tough decision: we plan to part ways up to 336 people from across the company. We are doing this with utmost respect for each and every person. Twitter will go to great lengths to take care of each and every individual by providing generous exit packages and help finding a new job.
Lets take this time to express our gratitude to all of those who are leaving us,
We will honor them by doing our best to serve all people that use Twitter.
We do so with a more purpose-built team, which we’ll continue to build strength into overtime, as we are now enabled to reinvest in our most impactful priorities.
Thank you all for your trust and understanding here, This isn’t easy. But it is right. The world needs a strong Twitter, and this is another step to get there. As always, please reach out to me directly with any ideas or questions.
The company didn’t specify which teams will be affected,however it says it will “reinvest”
the savings elsewhere to “drive growth”.