Twitter is down to fewer than 550 full-time engineers

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  • Internal records show that Twitter has laid off about 80% of its employees since Elon Musk took over, and the workforce today is about 1,300.
  • Now with fewer than 550 full-time engineers, a former Twitter engineer says the remaining team will be stretched thin, and the service will have difficulty keeping up with the times as new features are added.
  • In addition to the 1,300 full-time Twitter employees, new owner and CEO Elon Musk has authorized about 130 people from his other companies, including Tesla, SpaceX and The Boring Company, to work for the social media business.

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Twitter’s full-time workforce has dwindled to about 1,300 active, working employees, including fewer than 550 full-time engineers by title, according to internal records seen by CNBC. About 75 of the company’s 1,300 employees are on leave, including about 40 engineers.

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The company’s Trust and Safety team, which makes policy recommendations, design and product changes aimed at keeping all Twitter users safe, has fewer than 20 full-time employees.

Internal records show Twitter also has about 1,400 nonworking employees who are still being paid but are no longer expected to carry out their old responsibilities at the social media company. Many of them resigned when CEO Elon Musk sent out a “pledge” to work “hardcore”, including longer hours, on Twitter 2.0.

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Musk refutes internal records obtained by CNBC series of tweets, and claimed that Twitter now has about 2,300 full-time employees and thousands of contractors. CNBC reached out to Twitter for clarification and comment but did not immediately receive a reply.

Under Musk’s management, Twitter has reduced its workforce through mass layoffs, other terminations and changes that have forced many to resign, including Forever Home under former CEO Jack Dorsey. Including the end of work policy.

Before Musk led the $44 billion leveraged buyout of Twitter last year, Twitter’s headcount stood at about 7,500 employees. The layoffs were rumored internally and were expected to happen whether or not the Musk acquisition took place. However, Musk has cut Twitter personnel by far more than many expected — or about 80% according to internal records and two recent employees who spoke with CNBC.

According to an engineer who resigned from the company, the reduction in staffing and staffing will make it difficult to maintain service reliably while new facilities are built.

This person, who asked for anonymity while discussing a former employer, explained that the company’s code base is huge, and it requires different platforms and programming languages ​​to maintain different parts of Twitter. Requires knowledge – eg ad services vs main timeline. He added that the skill sets of engineers are not necessarily transferable across all of these. And it will be hard to train engineers after losing so much institutional knowledge, this person added.

In addition to the approximately 1,300 full-time employees employed, Musk has also authorized approximately 130 people from his other businesses, including Teslatalent from SpaceX and The Boring Company, as well as venture funds and other firms, to work at Twitter.

Since taking over Twitter, Musk has faced shareholder backlash for being distracted, for stirring political controversy with his tactics on Twitter, and for selling billions of dollars of his Tesla shares to finance his Twitter acquisition. Have done

Clarification: This story has been updated to note that 1,300 people are active, working employees at Twitter. Another 1,400 people are non-working but paid employees of Twitter.

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