An engineering manager at Twitter reportedly threw up after being told he had to fire hundreds of people




Elon Musk. Elon Musk sent Twitter staff a memo on Thursday confirming job cuts would be announced on Friday.
Elon Musk. Elon Musk sent Twitter staff a memo on Thursday confirming job cuts would be announced on Friday.  
  • Twitter has laid off 3,700 employees, roughly half of its workforce, since Elon Musk took over.

  • Making the cuts has been rocky, with some employees losing access before the layoffs were slated to happen, and others even being called back to work.

  • One manager threw up after finding out he had to lay off hundreds of employees, according to the New York Times.

Twitter has laid off thousands of employees in the past week, and it hasn't gone smoothly to say the least - for either the employees getting the ax or some of the ones tasked with firing them.

One engineering manager at Twitter received a list from Musk's advisers naming hundreds of people the manager was supposed to fire, and he subsequently threw up into a trash can nearby, according to an article published in the New York Times on Friday chronicling the turmoil at Twitter during Musk's first two weeks in charge.

The company cut 3,700 jobs last Friday, roughly 50% of its workforce. Some employees said they lost access to work platforms like Slack and their email before the layoffs were announced, and others said they were later offered their jobs back after Musk's advisers realized they were necessary for the company to function.

Several laid-off employees have even filed a class-action lawsuit against Twitter, saying the company persuaded them not to look for jobs elsewhere in the period leading up to Musk's $44 billion takeover of the company and later reneged on previously promised severance packages.

The New York Times also reported in its article Friday that Musk demanded a payroll audit to verify Twitter's employees were "real humans" before they'd receive regularly scheduled bonuses and subsequently be laid off.

Are you a current or former Twitter employee with a story to share? Email this reporter from a non-work device at sjackson@insider.com.

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