Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg reportedly failed to hide his annoyance with an employee who asked about vacation days during a meeting where he revealed plans to cut underperforming workers.
The 38-year-old American media magnate presided over a companywide Q&A meeting on June 30, where he warned a recent market slump “might be one of the worst downturns that we’ve seen in recent history,” as he explained the reason behind the cost cuts.
Mark Zuckerberg, during the virtual session, reportedly “appeared visibly frustrated” after one employee based in Chicago asked if “Meta Days,” or extra time off introduced amid the COVID-19 pandemic, would continue next year.
In a recording obtained by The Verge, the internet entrepreneur said after hearing the pre-recorded question:
“Um … all right. Given my tone in the rest of the Q&A, you can probably imagine what my reaction to this is.”
Mark Zuckerberg, in the same meeting, divulged that Meta would implement higher standards for its workers. The Facebook boss said they are cutting ties with those employees unable to meet the new performance threshold.
The husband of Priscilla Chan stated:
“Realistically, there are probably a bunch of people at the company who shouldn’t be here. 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 decide that this place isn’t for you and that self-selection is OK with me.”
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Mark Zuckerberg also revealed Meta would slow down its hiring plans for engineers by at least 30% this year. Some vacant roles would also remain unfilled.
A company rep downplayed the comments of Mark Zuckerberg in a statement to The Verge. Meta spokesperson Joe Osborne told the publication:
“Any company that wants to have a lasting impact must practice disciplined prioritization and work with a high level of intensity to reach goals. The reports about these efforts are consistent with this focus and what we’ve already shared publicly about our operating style.”
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Meanwhile, an internal survey divulged that only 39% of the employees were optimistic about Meta’s future amid its contention with market-related predicaments and the ongoing scrutiny from lawmakers over its business practices. In comparison, 42% had faith in its upper management.
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