Twitter’s new owner, Elon Musk, who has become a hot topic over the past weeks, said the company has completed layoffs and will begin a new hiring process after he fired nearly two-thirds of the company’s roughly 7,500 employees.
According to people who attended Musk’s meeting with Twitter employees yesterday, and according to a recorded clip of the meeting circulated by advertising media, Musk said that the company would actively accept employees in the fields of engineering and sales, and encouraged existing employees to contribute to this.
Musk’s statements came on the same day that a number of Twitter sales employees were dismissed, a section that has lost almost all of its senior leadership since Musk took over the company’s management in late October, after completing the $44 billion acquisition deal.
“In terms of important hires, I would say that people who are great at writing software are the top priority,” Musk said at the meeting.
Monday’s meeting was Twitter’s first with Musk after he asked all of them last week to choose between adopting his “ultra-hardline” work culture, or quitting, which led to the resignation of nearly 1,000 Twitter employees.
In response to Musk’s questions from employees from Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco, he said that there are no plans to move Twitter’s headquarters to Texas, as he did with his other electric car maker, Tesla, but he thinks it is logical to have a dual headquarters in California and Texas.
“If we were to move the headquarters to Texas, I think that would lead to people thinking that Twitter went from being left-wing to right-wing, which is not the case,” he told employees.
“In order to be a digital space, we must represent people who have a wide range of viewpoints even if we disagree with those viewpoints,” Musk added. However, at the same time, he did not address his dismissal of dozens of employees for publishing tweets and work messages criticizing him during the past two weeks.
Musk acknowledged that the company’s ongoing reorganization process “will make a lot of mistakes,” but it “will level out over time.” In response to an employee’s question, he said that “large parts of the platform’s technology need to be rebuilt from scratch.” Also during the meeting, he suggested the idea of decentralization by appointing engineering teams in Japan, India, Indonesia, and Brazil.
Asked about compensation for laid-off employees, Musk reiterated that employees will receive share options on Twitter and will be able to convert them into cash regularly, as is the case at his other aerospace company, SpaceX.