Sat. Jan 28th, 2023
Why Twitter employees are ‘mentally exhausted’ amid the ongoing drama of Elon Musk’s stalled acquisition

Welcome, readers! Hallam Bullock here, filling in for Jordan. It’s a dreary morning in London today (the rainclouds are looking particularly ominous), but I hope things will brighten up soon. Which, funnily enough, is what many Twitter workers have been telling themselves for months, but now they are getting fed up.

Today, we are looking at Twitter’s “absurdly high” attrition as the social media’s saga with Elon Musk drags on. 

Shall we?

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Experts say Musk’s teflon-like ability to evade repercussions is due to a complex interplay of exceptionalism, a fierce cult-like fandom, and a culture of “billionaire worship.”

1. A steady stream of Twitter employees have left the company in recent weeks. According to insiders, they are fed up with the ongoing drama of Elon Musk’s stalled acquisition.

 “I’m just mentally exhausted,” one current employee who is actively looking to leave Twitter said. Another worker said they and many colleagues have effectively lost respect for leadership at the company due to poor communication around the “the Musk situation.”A former employee who recently left the company said Twitter workers — or “Tweeps” as they’re internally dubbed — are announcing their departures “at least once a week, if not two or three times a week.”So many employees have left recently that Twitter changed the way it categorizes attrition specifically “to capture Tweeps leaving due to the acquisition by Elon Musk,” according to documents seen by Insider.  

Here’s everything insiders told us about Twitter’s recent attrition

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5. Elon Musk fell asleep at his desk and fired people who disagreed with him, according to a former Tesla manager. Carl Medlock also said Musk was a “regular guy” and could be fun to work for — if you were on his good side. Check out the other surprising details Medlock shared, including a “side of Elon not everyone gets to see.”

6. Larry Ellison listed a Florida estate for $145 million, after originally saying he wanted to knock it down. Oh, and it’s the Oracle billionaire’s birthday today (what better gift than featuring in our newsletter?). Ellison originally bought the estate for $80 million, but told his employees he was “tearing the house down.” Now, it seems he’s changed his mind. Check out photos of the sprawling 7.35-acre property, complete with a wine room and home theater.

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Odds and ends:

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What we’re watching today:

Cisco, Target, and others are reporting earnings. Keep up with earnings here.Today is the 40th anniversary of the CD, a copy of “The Visitors” by ABBA.It’s Tesla’s deadline date for a 3-for-1 stock split in the form of a stock dividend. It’s Larry Ellison’s birthday.

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Curated by Hallam Bullock (tweet @hallam_bullock) in London.

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