In a recent meeting with Twitter staff, Elon Musk talked about hiring new employees for the social media company and possibly opening a second HQ in Texas in the future.
Twitter Hiring Ramp
At a staff meeting on Monday, November 21, Elon Musk announced that Twitter is looking for new employees. Twitter employees shared a recording of the meeting with The Verge. He noted that Twitter has positions open in sales. Twitter is also looking to hire engineers.
Musk elaborated that Twitter’s “highest priority” is hiring people who can write code. He told staff members that Twitter would be open to taking recommendations from people who have friends or acquaintances that might have the qualifications to work at the company.
When he took over the social media platform as Chief Twit, Musk executed a massive layoff. Before notifying employees who would be let go, Musk sent a company-wide letter explaining that layoffs were “necessary to ensure the company’s success moving forward.” As expected, not many people were excited about the layoffs or Musk’s new role as CEO. Their sentiments led to an exodus of Twitter employees.
Before sealing his $44 billion Twitter deal, news broke that Musk was expected to lay off 75% of Twitter staff. However, public documents show that Twitter executives planned a massive layoff at the company even if the deal with Musk deal failed.
Twitter HQ in Texas
During the meeting on Monday, a staff member asked if Elon Musk intended to move Twitter’s HQ to Texas. Earlier this year, when Musk announced his intention to buy Twitter, there was speculation that he would move the company’s headquarters to Texas. The other companies Musk leads–including Tesla, SpaceX, and The Boring Company–all have headquarters in the Lone Star State. Governor George Abbott also invited Elon Musk to establish a base for Twitter in Texas.
Musk stated that he does not have plans to move Twitter’s HQ to Texas—entirely. He is considering the idea of a second headquarters in Texas for the future, with the other remaining in San Francisco. Musk also provided a surprising reason as to why he wouldn’t move Twitter to Texas—at least not right now.
“If we want to move the headquarters to Texas, I think it would play into the idea that Twitter has gone from being left-wing to right-wing, which is not the case,” he said. “This is not a right-wing takeover of Twitter. It is a moderate-wing takeover of Twitter,” Musk told Twitter staff.