You Can't Work For Twitter, Elon Musk is Different


You don't want to work for Elon Musk. He is impulsive and a micromanager.

Elon Musk requires his employees to work as hard.

Musk will let more than 50% of Twitter's staff go home.

Twitter doesn’t have a monetization strategy

Musk wants only hungry people to work for him.

Musk differs from you.

Elon Musk is a ‘brutalist decision-maker: Twitter employees are flooding Blind with bad reviews

Twitter employees are flooding the employee forum Blind with bad — and some good — reviews about the company and its new CEO, Elon Musk.

Insiders trawled through the community app, where employees can anonymously write reviews and post about their workplaces, to see what Twitter staff are saying about the company. 

Twitter laid off thousands of employees on Friday when Elon Musk completed his $44 billion takeover of the platform. After axing nearly half of the Twitter workforce, Musk tweeted on Friday that there was "no choice" as the company was losing more than $4 million a day. 

Blind requires that users give their work email address, the company they work for, and their job title when they sign up. The site does not verify employment but requests that people use their work email to "gauge the professional status" of users, Blind's website states. 

Users have posted a total of 953 Twitter reviews to the site since 2020 and the company has an overall star rating of 3.8 out of 5 stars. Each poster adds a star rating to its review. Some of the reviews were posted the day some staff members learned of the mass layoffs the next morning, but the majority are from earlier.

One poster who described themself as an engineering manager said on Wednesday: "Brutalist decision-maker at the helm. Emergency-driven work is exciting for those who like thrills. Pay is no longer tied to the stock market fluctuations."

The anonymous poster, who gave Twitter a two-star rating, added: "The absolute and swift destruction of a compassionate, human-first corporate culture is leaving Tweeps feeling like we've lost our family."

Another user, who posted the day the company sent staff a memo announcing layoffs, said it "was good until Elon take over."

The self-described senior software developer listed getting to "work for Elon" as a "pro" of working at the company, then put being treated as a "labor robot" on an accompanying list of "cons."

"Sense of achievement on delivering mission-critical projects with 24/7 working and sleeping at the office," the post said.

A Twitter employee tweeted a picture of a manager sleeping at the office this week after Musk took over. Musk announced plans to launch new product features, including a verification subscription for $8.

A software engineer said on November 2 that before the company was made private, it was an "incredible" place to work.

They added: "Elon mother flipping Musk and his ego the size of mars. Twitter is already chaos, but come layoffs Friday, it will a massive dumpster fire. The man has no idea what he's doing and I'd bet $8 Twitter won't be around or relevant in a couple years."

It is not possible to tell which of these posters, if any, had been laid off. 

Another Blind user wrote on Thursday that the management changes are creating "stress" as a result of people being fired or quitting.

Elon Musk's quest to lay off about half of Twitter's workforce may not be going entirely according to plan.

The company has already asked some Tweeps to return, according to posts on the Blind app and Insider sources, including one who also shared a screenshot of confirmation from a Twitter employee.

A person familiar with the matter, who asked not to be named to protect others' identities, told Insider that five employees had been invited back: "These individuals are essential for Twitter's ecosystem to function. Goons quickly realized and are asking them back."

One of the sources said that a worker who Twitter asked to return rejected the offer because they felt "used, and think they will be fired again soon."

Casey Newton, a contributing editor for The Verge and the founder of the tech-and-democracy-focused Platformer newsletter, tweeted late Saturday that multiple sources had told him that Twitter has contacted some former employees and asked them to return. 


The insider also surveyed the Blind app, a professional community where verified employees have anonymous conversations, and found posts indicating Twitter employees who the company had laid off had been asked to come back.

One user wrote: "It's true. I was asked to come back Saturday morning," while another simply said: "Can confirm."

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