Twitter now has just about 2,000 employees, up from nearly 7,800 previously.
Huge cost-cutting measures taken by new Twitter boss Elon Musk have forced some employees to bring in their own toilet paper due to a lack of staff to fill stock at the company’s US headquarters. The New York Times soberly reports that the lack of staff “provoked a mess.” “The toilets have become dirty, the smell of leftover takeaway food is everywhere,” the newspaper writes.
Musk has closed four floors of Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco, leaving employees to work on only two floors. It also cut janitorial and cleaning services after staff went on strike in early December to demand higher wages. The number of employees at Twitter has dropped to 2,000 from 7,800 earlier as Musk staged massive layoffs after taking over the company on October 28.
Last week, Twitter’s new boss said he’s spent “the last five weeks like crazy cutting costs” to save the “company from a $3 billion hole in its budget.” On top of owing Twitter $13 billion when he bought it and then losing $4 million in ad revenue a day, Musk is now facing interest payments that are expected to top annual billions over the next 12 months.