In another round of cuts, Facebook parent Meta sacks tech teams

Wednesday cuts have prompted expressions of frustration from employees who say it has ‘shattered’ morale.

Commute traffic streams past the Meta sign outside the headquarters of Facebook parent company Meta Platforms
Investors have rewarded Meta for downsizing and its shares have soared this year [File: Peter DaSilva/Reuters]
Correction19 Apr 2023
An earlier version of this story said Meta shares' 80 percent surge erased a 64 percent drop in 2022. That is not correct.

Meta Platforms Inc on Wednesday carried out another round of job cuts, this time hitting engineers and adjacent tech teams, as Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg further moved to streamline the business in a bid to make 2023 a “year of efficiency”.

Meta, in March, became the first Big Tech company to announce a second round of mass layoffs, which it said would take place in three main batches over several months and affect 10,000 employees.

Wednesday’s cuts, though expected, prompted expressions of frustration from Meta employees. Layoffs were the subject of the most popular questions posted on an internal company forum on Wednesday before an upcoming employee town hall.

“You’ve shattered the morale and confidence in leadership of many high performers who work with intensity. Why should we stay at Meta?” read one question seen by Reuters.

The question referenced comments Zuckerberg made last year, urging employees to work with more “intensity” to meet the Facebook and Instagram parent company’s business challenges.

The company declined a Reuters request for comment.

Meta’s first round of layoffs, in the latter half of last year, hit more than 11,000 employees, or 13 percent of its workforce at the time, and preceded other major tech companies shedding thousands of employees after a pandemic-led boom in digital advertising and cloud computing.

Along with the restructuring, Meta has also been shelving lower-priority projects and “flattening” layers of middle management.

Investors have rewarded the company for downsizing.

Meta shares have surged about 80 percent this year, outperforming the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite’s 16 percent rise in the period.

The company, which will announce its first-quarter results on April 26, is expected to benefit from a modest pickup in the digital advertising market and regulatory pressure on chief rival TikTok.

Source: Reuters