Meta workers fear losing their jobs and famous perks after Zuckerberg’s blunt messages to staff

‘People know cuts are coming’: Meta workers fear losing their jobs and famous perks, such as free food, after Zuckerberg slammed complacency from staff brought on by the pandemic

  • Workers complained about issues such as job security and work culture in an internal message board 
  • The concerns were aired by workers in an internal message board within the company, who complained about issues such as job security and work culture
  •  Those protests came in response to criticism aired by a fed-up Zuckerberg last month during a scathing companywide question-and-answer session,
  •  The impromptu appearance saw the 38-year-old Facebook founder slam employees for becoming complacent during the pandemic
  •  The CEO’s tough approach to ‘coasting’ staff served as a continuation to a leaked memo this month, where managers were told to cut low performers
  • It comes amid the company’s devastating downturn in value, has been blamed on increased competition for users and losses incurred during the pandemic
  • That downturn has seen the Facebook founder’s once $120billion net worth diminish by half, setting the stage for his scathing question and answer session

Meta staff are scared stiff they will lose their jobs following a furious Q&A session from CEO Mark Zuckerberg – fearing their high salaries and long-enjoyed perks such as free food may be a thing of the past.

The concerns were aired by workers in an internal message board, who complained about issues such as job security and work culture in posts viewed by The Washington Post.

Those protests came in response to criticism aired by a fed-up Zuckerberg last month during a scathing companywide question-and-answer session, where he seemingly slammed employees for becoming complacent during the pandemic.

The 38-year-old’s tough approach to ‘coasting’ staff served as a continuation to a leaked memo revealed earlier this month, where managers were told to cut low performers amidst the company’s devastating downturn in value.

That downturn, which has seen the Facebook founder’s once $120billion net worth diminish by half, has been largely blamed on increased competition for young users’ attention from platforms like Snapchat and TikTok, as well as losses incurred during the pandemic.

Footage of the June 30 Q&A, obtained by The Verge, shows a visibly frustrated Zuckerberg telling employees that there are a ‘bunch of people’ at his company who ‘shouldn’t be here’ – as he warned them of an ‘intense’ period ahead.  

Those unprepared, the tech mogul said, will be forced to come to the realization that ‘this place isn’t for you.’

The ominous warning, however, seemingly did not bode well with some of the Silicon Valley based firm’s more than 70,000-strong workforce, who quickly took to a workplace app to gripe about the meeting.

Staff are scared they will lose their jobs following a furious Q&A session from CEO Mark Zuckerberg - and complained their high salaries and long-enjoyed perks such as free food may be a thing of the past

Staff are scared they will lose their jobs following a furious Q&A session from CEO Mark Zuckerberg – and complained their high salaries and long-enjoyed perks such as free food may be a thing of the past

Those protests came in response to criticism aired by a fed-up Zuckerberg last month during a scathing companywide question-and-answer session. The impromptu appearance saw the 38-year-old Facebook founder slam employees for becoming complacent during the pandemic

Those protests came in response to criticism aired by a fed-up Zuckerberg last month during a scathing companywide question-and-answer session. The impromptu appearance saw the 38-year-old Facebook founder slam employees for becoming complacent during the pandemic

One such staffer wrote of the increased anxiety within the company following Zuckerberg’s session,

‘The atmosphere is intense,’ the unidentified employee wrote, in messages view by the Post. ‘People know budgets are being cut.’ 

‘It is sad [that] after many years in Meta things [are going down] this path, the culture is going to hell,’ wrote one user. ‘Before you say it, I am leaving, just waiting for my Sept bonus pay as I did work hard to earn it.’

‘Does anyone feel secure here?’ posted another employee.

The Silicon Valley-based company has famously provided free food and drinks to staffers since it opened its first office in Palo Alto in 2005

The Silicon Valley-based company has famously provided free food and drinks to staffers since it opened its first office in Palo Alto in 2005 

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