Meta Layoff Impacts Some Indian Professionals Within 2-3 Days of Joining
Some of the Indian experts, who switched to social media giant Meta after quitting their stable jobs two to three days ago, are among the 11,000 people being laid off by the company.
Facebook has laid off 11,000 workers worldwide to cut costs.
IT professional Neelima Agarwal, who joined Meta two days ago, wrote on LinkedIn that she was among the people who lost their jobs.
“I was moved to Canada from India just a week back and joined Meta two days ago after going through such a long visa process. But the sad day came and I was suspended,” he said.
Neelima had left her two-year job at Microsoft Office in Hyderabad to join Meta, according to her LinkedIn profile.
After working for more than three years at Amazon’s Bengaluru office, Vishwajeet Jha said he joined Meta three days ago and has now been suspended.
“I joined Meta three days ago after waiting for a long visa process. Thank you to all the people who made this transition so smooth. It’s really sad that this happened, my heart goes out to all those affected by the layoffs,” Jha posted.
Indian employees of Meta, the company that owns Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, are in shock after the American company announced that 11,000 people are being laid off globally or 13 percent of its workforce.
While no country-specific numbers have been revealed, Meta employees in India are looking for clues about their future.
The company’s executives have gone wild after Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg made public a letter he wrote to employees announcing the layoffs.
Zuckerberg promised 16 weeks of base pay and two additional weeks for each year of service as a severance package for affected employees.
Raju Kadam, who was part of Meta’s expert team, said he has been in the US for 16 years and has never faced losing a job. “I have an H1-B visa. My clock to leave the US started today. I have been in the US for 16 years and I saw the 2008, 2015 (oil) and 2020 downturns, but I have never lost a job,” he said. adding that his sons are US citizens and their lives will be affected.
The layoffs at Meta come less than a week after major job cuts at social networking site Twitter.
As part of the cost-cutting plan, Twitter has reportedly fired around 7,500 people worldwide, including more than half of the people who worked for the company in India.