Elon Musk has warned employees at Twitter that his plan to reshape his newly-acquired company with major layoffs starts today.
According to the Washington Post, Musk told Twitter’s 7,500 staff members on Thursday that his massive workforce cull begins on Friday.
As Slay News has reported, rumors have been emerging that Musk plans to ax between 50% and 75% of Twitter’s employees.
Musk has not publicly given a number, however.
“Team, In an effort to place Twitter on a healthy path, we will go through the difficult process of reducing our global workforce on Friday,” an email to employees on Thursday read, according to The Post.
“We recognize that this will impact a number of individuals who have made valuable contributions to Twitter, but this action is, unfortunately, necessary to ensure the company’s success moving forward.”
Several top executives have already been unceremoniously fired from the company by Muskamid the impending layoffs, including former CEO Parag Agrawal, Chief Financial Officer Ned Segal, and “censorship chief” Vijaya Gadde.
When Musk first broached purchasing Twitter earlier this year, he tweeted that the company under his ownership “will be super focused on hardcore software engineering, design, infosec & server hardware.”
He has long noted that Twitter’s workforce is too bloated and needs to be streamlined.
Musk tweeted last week that the “most messed up” thing at Twitter right now is that “there seem to be 10 people ‘managing’ for every one person coding.”
“I strongly believe that all managers in a technical area must be technically excellent,” Musk tweeted on May 6.
“Managers in software must write great software or it’s like being a cavalry captain who can’t ride a horse!”