Elon Musk has a new mission in his life. Cut expenses on Twitter. Since the billionaire bought this platform, he has ordered massive layoffs as a great way to save. His latest measurements are, to put it mildly, much less orthodox.
Cockroaches. Workers at Twitter’s New York offices have begun seeing cockroaches in work areas. Typically, cleaning services downplay the problem, but Twitter’s cleaning staff at offices in New York and San Francisco went on strike after trying to renegotiate their salaries.
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There is no toilet paper. Adding to this problem is the lack of supplies in the bathrooms: employees have ended up taking their own toilet paper to work. Employees are also complaining about the poor condition of the toilets, with bad smells and lack of cleanliness.
Free food (almost) nothing. In the past, the company offered various benefits for employees to work at ease, but it has cut some —such as aid for fertility treatments or free snacks and food— or totally canceled others, such as paying for internet costs at home.
Chaos in the offices. All this is in addition to Musk’s demand to spend (at least) 40 hours in offices, some of which are serving employees for marathon shifts. The space that was not used has been converted into rooms so that people directly sleep there.
Elon doesn’t even pay rent anymore. To cut expenses, Musk has even stopped paying the rent for his offices around the world. This has caused some tenants to sue him, as those responsible for the company that provided private flights had done shortly before. Musk also seems to want to cut back on something vital: cloud server infrastructure.
Falls on Twitter. That is undoubtedly having an impact on the availability of the service and even on the security of your data. A recent attack served to make the data of almost all its users public, and last Friday third-party clients such as Tweetbot or Twiterrific stopped working for no apparent reason and without warning. Craig Hockenberry, a developer at Twitterrific, openly called the disconnection another episode of Musk’s “shit show.”
Auctioning up the coffee machine. The closure of some offices has also meant that many of the items previously used by Twitter employees are put up for sale. For example, coffee machines, ovens and other household appliances, but not only that. Tables, chairs, sofas, partitions, media entertainment systems and even a Twitter logo light panel are up for grabs in a rare auction starting tomorrow.
I will resign as CEO as soon as I find someone foolish enough to take the job! After that, I will just run the software & servers teams.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 21, 2022
We still don’t have a replacement for Musk. And meanwhile, there remains no alternative to Musk as CEO. The users clearly voted for him to resign as CEO and according to him he was already looking for a replacement before that poll, but the process is still ongoing for now. Of course: he will continue to command a lot: “I will only take the software equipment and servers”, he affirmed after confirming that he would resign as soon as he found someone “crazy enough to accept the job”.
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