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Some Twitter workers mourn as Elon Musk closes deal to buy site

Some Twitter employees seem to be overwhelmed with fear in the wake of Elon Musk’s takeover.

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, entered Twitter’s San Francisco offices on Thursday with a sink in hand and looked to deliver more than just his goofy humor.

The “Chief Twit’s” alleged plan to apparently acquire and gut the firm by an astounding 75%, a move that at least one industry insider claimed to applaud, seems to have caused several workers commenting on the anonymous employment site Blind to express dread and doom. (As predicted, he reduced that figure but foresaw layoffs.)

When a potential employee enquired about a job opening inside the firm, a Twitter employee who wished to remain anonymous said, “At this point, there is no upside left.” That employee cited stress, potential layoffs, and a decrease in work-life balance as the causes.

Meanwhile, a different Twitter employee said that existing workers had started making jokes about the upcoming layoffs.

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Elon Musk enters Twitter HQ with a sink in his hand

In response to a discussion thread regarding memes and jokes teasing the business, the employee remarked, “To be honest, we’re sharing a lot of them internally as a type of gallows humor, so keep it coming.”

What’s stranger, the author said, “is people dancing on the grave of one of the last large tech WLB+good pay places that may have been a future employee or a counter offer that might have been leveraged.”

Considering the frequency with which complaints about the demise of work-life balance have been voiced, it’s safe to assume that those at Twitter who managed to avoid being wiped out by Musk’s “Thanos Snap” are concerned that they’ll be pushed to exhaustion in the wake of his success with Tesla and SpaceX.

So even while photographs show hordes of people enamored by Musk and Musk boasts that he’s “seeing a lot of nice folks at Twitter,” it seems there is still a solid contingent of doubters inside the firm.

Source: Sfgate

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Written by Alex Bruno

Freelance space writer Alex Bruno specializes in covering China's quickly expanding space industry. In 2021, he started writing for SpaceXMania. He also contributes to publications including SpaceNews, IEEE Spectrum, National Geographic, Sky & Telescope, and New Scientist. When Alex was a small child, he first experienced the space bug after seeing Voyager photographs of alien planets in our solar system. When not in space, Alex likes to go trail jogging in the Finnish countryside.

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