Former Twitter employees are taking their anguish to the social-media platform that laid them off. Some are even using the hashtag #TwitterLayoffs.
Following a plan Monday to restructure Twitter, the company sent out emails addressed from newly tapped CEO Jack Dorsey to 336 employees letting them know that the company was letting them go.
“As always, please reach out to me directly with any ideas or questions,” the email concluded.
Dorsey delivered the news this morning:
Made some tough but necessary decisions that enable Twitter to move with greater focus and reinvest in our growth. http://t.co/BWd7EiGAF2
— jack (@jack) October 13, 2015
The laid-off employees will get severance packages that will cost Twitter between $10 million and $20 million, according to the company.
Please note that @twitter also called to tell personally I was laid off. Found out differently though before I could get that voice mail.
— Bart Teeuwisse ❄ (@bartt) October 13, 2015
Before #Twitterlayoffs started, I said “Twitter’s bad at recognizing internal talent. They’ll lay off many great people.” Sadly, I was right
— Jeff Sarnat (@Eigenvariable) October 13, 2015
— Fedor Korotkov (@fedor) October 13, 2015
Chris O’Brien, European correspondent at VentureBeat, shared a sarcastic anecdote from a Twitter engineer who was presumably laid off:
Twitter engineer shares her horrifying layoff tale: “The 37 minutes before I found a new job were the darkest moments of my life.”
— Chris O’Brien (@obrien) October 13, 2015
Meanwhile, employers did not waste a second and swooped in as anxious Twitter employees recounted their layoff stories. Here’s a designer at Nest:
— Tomas Brennessl (@tomasbrennessl) October 13, 2015
Others followed suit:
— Lindsay Elliott (@linds) October 13, 2015
Hi Tweeps being laid off today – many many ex Tweeps are rooting for you and will gladly hire you into our startups 🙂 please reach out!
— Mitali Pattnaik (@mitali) October 13, 2015
There’s also always the startup route:
If you’re a Twitter employee that got laid off and you want to apply to YC but need a few more days, email me and we’ll give you more time.
— Sam Altman (@sama) October 13, 2015