Watch out, Facebook: “OG Zuck” is back.
You are, clicking and clacking away on some code, when you feel a sudden chill in the air. Somewhere in the shadows, you hear a noise. Is that… the sound of the katana being released?
Okay, maybe he hasn’t broken a ninja sword in the office yet. But after allegedly taking a gentler approach to its workforce during the pandemic – a period of growth for the social media giant – an anonymous former Facebook-turned-Meta employee said The Wall Street Journal that the attitude of mercurial founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg seems to be changing again.
At least for now, as investor pressure on the longtime CEO continues, Pandemic Zuck is out — and “old-school Zuck,” the former employee said back in the paper, is back much more delay
The former metamate’s comments come fresh after 11,000 metamates – a number that equates to about 13 percent of his former workforce – were fired back in November. And about 10 percent of it left Meta employees were directly hit with subpar performance reviews, which according to the WSJ they sparked fears that Zucko is planning yet another round of layoffs.
While another push for his company would be a pretty big deal, it’s not surprising given some of Zuckerberg’s recent comments. Last June, just a few months before the cutbacks in November, the boar hunting company took the floor in Facebook’s town hall to announce that “there are probably a lot of people in the company who shouldn’t be here. “
And at the beginning of this quarter, speaking to investors, he also declared that this would be a “year of efficiency” for Meta, and part of it probably means cutting costs. (For that note, the WSJ the report noted that Meta is also due to cut bonuses.)
For his part, Meta claims the poor reviews are just business as usual.
“We have always had a target-based high performance culture, and our review process is designed to encourage long-term thinking and high-quality work,” a Meta spokesperson told the WSJ“while helping employees get actionable feedback.”
In any case: if “OG Mark,” as the former employee put it, does indeed come back, we would recommend that every metamate in HQ be swept up on his arm – and, therefore, sword to sword as well. — opponent. Maybe they can even use the company’s VR headset.
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