He pondered turning their headquarters into a homeless shelter, questioned whether the company was dying, and tweeted out big news about the startup. operate a comprehensive SEC. investigation. Now, at Twitter, Elon Musk will be the boss soon.
It’s no surprise that many of the company’s employees are at an advantage — and have been for weeks.
“Need a glass of spirits,” a current employee tweeted on Monday, following news that the company had accepted Musk’s roughly $44 billion offer.
“50 dollars” [billion] was for a social media site when people were starving,” another added.
The comments on Blind, an anonymous social networking site, are even clearer. A spokesperson for Blind confirmed: “Musk is dishonest, ignorant and mentally ill,” a user whose account was verified with an active Twitter email address.
Another employee took aim at the billionaire supporters in the company’s ranks: “Elon fan boys are big mouth breathers and we have a bunch of them on Twitter for the record. Can’t wait [until] he left half of us. ”
Some of the more measured critics question whether Musk can give enough attention to the platform, considering his existing workload at Tesla, SpaceX, the Boring Company tunneling project, Neuralink brain implant maker, a growing family and other projects.
“Why do people think having a CEO running multiple companies is a good thing for [T]cunning? ‘ commented an employee. “[Former CEO Jack Dorsey] did this and gained a lot of heat for it. Things will not be different for Elon. (It’s not yet known what role Musk will take at the business or what will happen to their current leadership team.)
Twitter did not respond to a request for comment.
Although tensions are high, employees’ opinions of the billionaire appear to be mixed. As New York Times before reportAn informal poll of about 200 employees on Blind found that 27% hate Musk, 27% love him and 44% are neutral.
Musk has an extremely rigorous management record. In an anecdote quoted by Wired, the billionaire once went to a Tesla factory on a Saturday night in 2017 and encountered a young engineer whose equipment was malfunctioning. “Hey man, this doesn’t work!” Musk is said to have shouted at the bewildered worker. “You really are an idiot! Get out and don’t come back! ”
The employee, who “hadn’t met” the big boss before, was unemployed.
More recently, the California government sue electric car manufacturers this year on “allegations of racism and harassment.” Many employees have stated that misconduct is rampant at Tesla factories, including a worker who was awarded $137 million after accusing his supervisors of repeatedly taunting him with racial slurs.
“Elon hasn’t called me, sent me a letter, a text, wrote a letter in the sky, or sent one of them in a spaceship to say I’m sorry,” he told The Daily Beast in the fall. last year. (A judge later lower his prize amounted to 15 million dollars.)
Twitter employees work in a markedly different environment, though its employees seem uncertain about what to expect from Musk.
“I can admit that I worry about the whole thing,” a machine learning engineer tweeted in Monday. “We are all excited about the product and want to improve it to make people feel heard and empowered in a way that is better for humanity.”
“Can someone tell me if I’m rich or fired,” joked another employee.
A current senior manager simply directed The Daily Beast on Monday to one of his previous tweets, which featured a skeleton along with the caption: “Me when I finally have a week normally work at twitter dot com.”
In recent weeks, many employees — perhaps believing the deal with Musk won’t work out — have publicly criticized the billionaire.
“Let me tell you about a crazy thing that happened to my favorite company,” said a product employee. Written for Musk, mentions Twitter. “A guy offered to buy it for $54.20/share, when it was $70/share last summer.”
However, another employee attacked Musk’s tendency to troll, like him to “a playground for bullying fanboy minions” for a joke about removing the “w” from Twitter’s name.
Musk’s acquisition is expected to close at some point this year. Time will tell if he can get the disgruntled employees back, assuming they stick around.