'Rich arrogant guy who ruined everything': a Ukrainian who worked on Twitter spoke about Elon Musk's antics
Due to the strange and aggressive policy of the new owner of Twitter, Elon Musk, users leave the network, and employees quit. Vitaly Bondarenko left the company on November 17 and named the reasons for his action in his profile on LinkedIn and Twitter.
He worked for the company for almost 14 months. He was hired as a full-time engineer on the infrastructure team, which handles several important services. He said that he worked with very talented engineers at Twitter and that he was proud of what this team has achieved.
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Although, as Vitaly added, he is very sad about how it all ended.
“The rich and arrogant guy who bought Twitter ended up destroying its great work culture based on trust and transparency. He started by dismissing 50% of his employees without telling anyone about his intention, based on unknown indicators, says Vitaliy. Well, it's his company. He can do whatever he wants. However, what he cannot do is harass and insult employees! And that's exactly what he did."
Vitaly says that after Musk realized he fired some critical engineers, his team called them back and asked them to come back, presumptuously giving them 15 minutes to make a decision.
Vitaly also said that one of the new directors publicly stated that Twitter engineers are “lazy, only needed to transfer knowledge and will be fired after completion.”
“His employees at Testa went through the public channels and cleared out anyone who criticized or even simply did not accept the way Elon treated the company. The best engineers were called incompetent for disagreeing with what the new ruler said, says Vitaly. – In the end, Elon decided that it was time to leave only loyal employees. He required employees to adhere to the "new hardcore culture, work overtime and on weekends." He sent us an ultimatum in the form of a Google form. The document contained only one phrase, “Yes, I want to work on Twitter 2.0.”
“That was it! It broke people's patience. He broke my patience and made me very angry. I was so angry that I wanted to send an email to the whole company urging people not to sign it. The potential harm he could do to my family by stalking them stopped me from doing so. In addition, after talking with many people, I was convinced that they are already massively refusing to sign it, ”said Vitaly.
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Vitaly said that he was right, since several critical teams have since curtailed their work completely, while others remain 10-20% of the staff from the number of people before the acquisition of Twitter by Musk.
Vitaly's Twitter post was shared by a lot of people, it helped him get the publicity he wanted and understand that people support his opinion in the first place. Thus, corporate e-mail became unnecessary for him, given, as he says, the risks to his loved ones.
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