Meta to lay off 10,000 more workers after initial cuts in November


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Meta to lay off 10,000 more workers after initial cuts in November

  • Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Tuesday the company plans to cut 10,000 employees.
  • The company laid off more than 11,000 employees in November.
  • Zuckerberg has pitched 2023 as Meta’s “year of efficiency.”
  • The CEO previously told analysts Meta plans “on cutting projects that aren’t performing or may no longer be crucial” while simultaneously “removing layers of middle management to make decisions faster.”
Meta will lay off 10,000 more workers and incur restructuring costs ranging from $3 billion to $5 billion, the company announced Tuesday, with CEO Mark Zuckerberg warning economic instability could continue for “many years.”

Meta shares closed up 7% on Tuesday.

“Here’s the timeline you should expect: over the next couple of months, org leaders will announce restructuring plans focused on flattening our orgs, canceling lower priority projects, and reducing our hiring rates,” Zuckerberg said in a message to employees, which was also posted to the technology company’s blog.

He added that the Facebook parent plans to close 5,000 additional open roles that it hasn’t yet filled. In a nod to continued economic uncertainty, Zuckerberg noted that the company should prepare for “the possibility that this new economic reality will continue for many years.”

In a SEC filing announcing the cuts, Meta also said it anticipated lowered total expenses in 2023, ranging from $86 billion to $92 billion.

The new round of layoffs follows a previous round of cuts, announced in November, that affected more than 11,000 workers, which equated to roughly 13% of Meta’s overall staff.

Zuckerberg has pitched 2023 as the company’s “year of efficiency,” in which the firm aims to become “a stronger and more nimble organization.”

“We are a technology company, and our ultimate output is what we build for people,” Zuckerberg said. As part of the restructuring, the company will also increase the number of direct reports each manager has.


Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Financial Services Committee on “An Examination of Facebook and Its Impact on the Financial Services and Housing Sectors” in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC on October 23, 2019.
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Zuckerberg told analysts in February that Meta plans “on cutting projects that aren’t performing or may no longer be crucial” while simultaneously “removing layers of middle management to make decisions faster.”

“A leaner org will execute its highest priorities faster,” Zuckerberg’s message said.

Still, Meta continues to spend billions of dollars developing the virtual reality and augmented reality technologies required to build the digital universe coined the metaverse. The company’s Reality Labs division that’s tasked with creating the metaverse lost about $13.7 billion in 2022 on $2.16 billion of revenue.

Meta employees grill Mark Zuckerberg at all-hands meeting following layoffs

The chief executive faced questions including how employees are supposed to trust him


Mark Zuckerberg testifies remotely before the House Judiciary Committee in 2020. (Carolyn Van Houten/The Washington Post)

Meta chief executive Mark Zuckerberg defended his leadership of the social media giant during a staff-wide meeting Thursday morning, two days after announcing the company would be cutting 10,000 workers in a months-long restructuring and downsizing effort.

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Zuckerberg was asked a question regarding how employees are expected to trust the company’s leadership after two rounds of layoffs. He said that he would expect to be evaluated based on the company’s performance and transparency about its mission but that leaders should be allowed to change their thinking, according to an audio live stream of the town hall obtained by The Washington Post.

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“I would guess that the way people would evaluate whether you trust me and want to work at this company in whether we are succeeding in making progress toward the overall stated goals,” Zuckerberg said in the town hall. “I think a lot of this is about the results we are able to deliver.”

Zuckerberg also talked during the hour-long meeting about why the company announced an organization-wide restructuring and layoff plan four months after the CEO told staffers in a companywide meeting in November that he didn’t anticipate having to make those kind of cuts again for the “foreseeable future.”

The CEO said that ultimately what changed was that he thinks that the overall economic pressures facing the company will be around for a while and that he saw the November cuts seemed to boost the company’s efficiency.

“But I think it’s a fair question,” he said.

Meta declined to comment.

Zuckerberg’s comments come two days after he announced the company would lay off more workers and close 5,000 open roles over the next few months as part of a larger effort to cut costs and flatten the company’s hierarchy in the face of mounting business pressures. The latest layoffs build on November workforce cuts that slashed 11,000 jobs, or about 13 percent of Meta’s workforce, in the first widespread layoffs in the company’s history.

Zuckerberg proclaimed earlier this year that 2023 would be the “year of efficiency” following months of declining revenue. The social media giant, which makes most of its money from digital advertising, is facing intensifying competition for advertising dollars and users from newer entrants in the social media market such as the short-form video network TikTok. The company has also acknowledged it overestimated how much the e-commerce market would grow after pandemic-era restrictions were rolled back.

During the town hall Thursday, Zuckerberg was also asked about the future prospects of remote work.

The company noted Tuesday that an early analysis showed engineers who joined the company as an in-person employee and then transferred to a remote position or who remained at the office performed better on average than people who joined the company remotely.

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Zuckerberg didn’t rule out creating new rules to mandate people return to the office for a certain amount of time but said it would be an “an ongoing conversation.”

He added the company has made the decision to pause most remote hiring for now.

Another employee’s question concerned how Meta’s workers could be productive as the threat of layoffs and project cuts loomed over their heads.

Zuckerberg acknowledged that announcing the layoff plans ahead of time creates a period of uncertainty but said that “it’s not like we can just pause working while we are figuring this out.”

Ultimately, he said, he thought it was better for employees to hear about the plans ahead of time.

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