Forum Overview :: Lively: Google Creates Something Terrible
Zuckerberg: time to turn up the heat by blackwater 08/10/2022, 2:09pm PDT
Too many people?

Meta (earlier Facebook) Founder Mark Zuckerberg fired the first salvo. It was the weekly Q&A on June 30, and he had said that the economy was headed for the “worst downturns that we’ve seen in recent history”.

Then he continued.

“Realistically, there are probably a bunch of people at the company who shouldn’t be here,” Zuckerberg said on the call, according to a Reuters report. “And part of my hope by raising expectations and having more aggressive goals, and just kind of turning up the heat a little bit, is that I think some of you might just say that this place isn’t for you. And that self-selection is okay with me.”

In addition to reducing hiring, he said, the firm was leaving certain positions unfilled.

Google and Alphabet chief Sundar Pichai echoed the sentiment when he told employees that productivity was not high enough, considering the number of people on the company’s rolls, CNBC reported.

“There are real concerns that our productivity as a whole is not where it needs to be for the head count we have. [We need to] create a culture that is more mission-focused, more focused on our products, more customer-focused,” he said. Pichai had recently said that the firm would cut hiring and investment through 2023, pushing staff to work with greater urgency and “more hunger” than demonstrated “on sunnier days”. It came after the firm reported its second consecutive quarter of weaker-than-expected earnings and revenue. Revenue growth slowed to 13 per cent in the quarter from 62 per cent a year earlier.

Meanwhile, Zuckerberg noticed that it was getting harder to get all the employees to attend a meeting as they were sometimes taking time out in a day for personal work. So the Meta boss said that, in an effort to be “cost-conscious,” he was freezing or reducing staffing for low-priority projects and slashing engineer-hiring plans for the year by 30 per cent, reports added.

Reminds me of the subplot in Office Space about “letting the problem sort itself out” with that one guy in the basement
Google CEO tells employees productivity and focus must improve by Irony Alert? 07/31/2022, 7:12pm PDT
    It's code for a hiring freeze and purge of "low performers" by blackwater 07/31/2022, 10:48pm PDT
        Zuckerberg: time to turn up the heat by blackwater 08/10/2022, 2:09pm PDT
            Re: Zuckerberg: time to turn up the heat by I Am Human Garbage 08/10/2022, 6:22pm PDT
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