According to an email shared by a departing employee, Twitter announced it would be closing all of its offices until Monday. This follows a recent wave of resignations caused by Elon Musk’s ultimatum that new hires must be ready to commit to a “hardcore” working environment.
The email shared with CNBC on Thursday stated, “Please continue to abide by company policy by refraining from discussing confidential company information on social media, with the press, or elsewhere.”
Engineers and other staff members were seen posting farewell messages to a “watercooler” chat group in the days leading up to the 5 p.m. ET Thursday deadline Musk set in internal Slack messages that were also shared with CNBC.
Numerous goodbye messages and hundreds of salute emojis (which say “thank you for your service”) streamed by.
Three Twitter employees who talked with CNBC requested anonymity out of concern for possible professional reprisals. On Thursday, all three were going to step down. The actual number of resignations at Twitter was unknown.
One of the workers announced, “The train has started in #social-watercooler,” referring to a Slack room Twitter staffers have recently used to inform others that they are leaving.
Musk informed all employees in a company-wide email on Wednesday to prepare for “long hours at high intensity” if they wanted to stay. He instructed them to make a decision by Thursday at 5 p.m. ET.
Musk followed that up on Thursday with a pair of emails in which he stated that managers must have in-person meetings with staff members once a week or at least once a month and that managers may be fired for allowing staff members to work remotely if those staff members don’t demonstrate what Musk deemed to be “excellent” or “exceptional” performance.
According to a Twitter engineer familiar with the situation, Musk has requested that some senior engineers who chose to leave consider sticking on.
The company is now significantly smaller than it was when Musk took over late last month as a result of the recent wave of resignations that have been added to the mass layoffs and voluntary exodus from Twitter.
An engineer claimed that significant portions of the business’ engineering function had experienced resignations.
The engineer, who said they were handing in their resignation on Thursday, wrote to CNBC: “Entire teams representing critical infrastructure are voluntarily departing the company, leaving the company at serious risk of being able to recover.”
The engineer continued, “We know of only two people staying, one because the company sponsored their U.S. visa,” and that many people leaving Twitter did not feel the need to stay.