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Recent wave of resignations hits Twitter after Musk ultimatum

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The brand and trading symbol for Twitter is displayed on a screen on the ground of the Recent York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in Recent York City, July 11, 2022.

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A recent wave of Twitter employees resigned on Thursday after Elon Musk issued an ultimatum telling them they’d have to be willing to commit to a “hardcore” work environment.

Internal Slack messages shared with CNBC showed engineers and other employees posting goodbye messages to a “watercooler” chat group within the run as much as 5 p.m. ET Thursday deadline that Musk set only a day earlier. 

A whole lot of salute emojis (which convey the message “thanks on your service”) streamed by, together with dozens of goodbye messages.

Three Twitter employees who spoke with CNBC asked to stay nameless, citing fear of skilled retaliation. All three were planning to resign on Thursday. It was not clear exactly what number of Twitter employees resigned. 

“The train has began in #social-watercooler” one in every of the workers said, referring to a Slack room where Twitter employees have utilized in recent weeks to notify others that they’re leaving.

Musk on Wednesday sent a companywide email telling employees to expect “long hours at high intensity” in the event that they desired to stay. He said they’d until 5 p.m. ET on Thursday to make a decision. 

Musk followed that up on Thursday with a pair of emails that said managers must meet with employees in person once every week or not less than monthly, and that managers might be fired for allowing employees to work remotely if those employees don’t prove, in his view, to be “excellent” or “exceptional.”

Musk has asked some top engineers who opted to resign to think about staying on, based on one Twitter engineer accustomed to the situation.

The recent wave of resignations adds to what’s now a combined mass layoff and voluntary exodus from Twitter, leaving the corporate significantly smaller than when Musk first took over in late October. 

One engineer said that resignations had hit essential parts of the corporate’s engineering operation.

“Entire teams representing critical infrastructure are voluntarily departing the corporate, leaving the corporate at serious risk of with the ability to get better,” the engineer, who said they were handing of their resignation on Thursday, wrote to CNBC.

The engineer added that many leaving Twitter didn’t feel the necessity to stay, and that they only knew of two people staying, one because the corporate sponsored their U.S. visa.

“We’re expert professionals with plenty of options, so Elon has given us no reasons to remain and lots of to go away,” they wrote.

Esther Crawford, who works on early stage products at Twitter, sent a farewell message to those leaving the corporate.

“To all of the Tweeps who decided to make today your last day: thanks for being incredible teammates through the ups and downs,” she tweeted. “I am unable to wait to see what you do next.”

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