Technology firms are moving to lure thousands of former Twitter employees laid off by the social media company under its new owner, Elon Musk.
Tech companies are telling former Twitter employees that if they did not like Musk’s management style, to move to them.
Musk fired top executives and enforced steep job cuts with a little warning following his tumultuous takeover of the social media platform.
In the short weeks since Musk took over the company, about half of the workforce – around 3,700 employees – has been laid off. Hundreds more are reported to have quit as a result of his sweeping reforms.
Other tech companies have seen it as an opportunity. Some companies are now trying to pick up experienced engineering talent by appealing to their disdain for the methods of the world’s richest person.
Katie Burke, chief people officer at U.S. software company Hubspot, blasted Musk over reports he had fired a group of employees that had criticized him on the company’s internal Slack channels.
“As a leader, getting criticized is part of your job,” she wrote in a Linkedin post. “Great leaders recognize debate and disagreement makes you better and is part of the process. If you want a place where you can disagree (in a kind, clear manner of course) with people, HubSpot is hiring.”
By Monday evening, Burke’s post had more than 35,000 positive reactions.
Amanda Richardson, CEO of recruitment software startup CoderPad, published an open letter to Twitter leavers.
Citing Musk’s initial ban on remote working, Richardson described Musk’s takeover as a “s*** show” which had been “terribly frustrating, depressing and demotivating”.
“At CoderPad, we believe your skills say it all. Not where you sit. Not if you sleep at work. Not working 7 days a week for 18 hours a day.”
Michael Weening, CEO of cloud and software company Calix, described recent events at Twitter as “disturbing”, and promised new recruits they would enjoy a corporate culture that “starts with our team members” in a similar Linkedin post.