A former Meta recruiter has revealed that she ‘did nothing’ for the embattled tech company while raking in a $190,000 salary – months before Mark Zuckerberg culled thousands from the workforce.
Madelyn Machado took to TikTok to reminisce about her time in Silicon Valley, recalling that the firm’s approach to work ‘blew my mind’ and she ‘didn’t do s***’ during her six-month stint at the company.
The recruiter bafflingly claimed that despite her role requiring her to seek out new employees, she was told by her bosses she wasn’t even expected to do that.
‘We weren’t expected to hire anybody for the first six months, even the first year,’ she said. ‘This is something they tell you when you start.’
Her admission comes after Meta chief Mark Zuckerberg announced Tuesday that another 10,000 jobs will be culled from the company, on top of the 11,000 that were sacked in December.
Former-Meta recruiter Madelyn Machado revealed that the tech firm’s approach to working ‘blew my mind’
Mark Zuckerberg, pictured in March 2022, has announced he is culling his workforce by a further 10,000 people, after already firing 11,000 just five months ago
Answering a viewer who questioned what Meta staff did during their workday, Machado said her instructions to not hire anyone while working as a recruiter ‘blew my mind’.
‘Perfect, I’m just going to ride this out for a year,’ she continued. ‘Obviously I didn’t make it that far.’
Machado, who worked at Meta from September 2021 until February 2022 according to her LinkedIn profile, said Meta bosses instead expected their employees to simply continue ‘learning’.
‘They have really amazing onboarding and training, the best onboarding and training I have seen from any company,’ she said. ‘It could have been better, but it was still very thorough.
‘The expectation when you start is really that you’re just learning and taking it all in… but the most that we did, this was the crazy part, is that we had so many team meetings.
‘Why are we meeting? We aren’t hiring anybody,’ she added. ‘I was also on a team where everybody was new, so none of us were hiring anybody.
‘I really miss it, I wasn’t doing s***.’
Meta’s recent job cuts, which shrunk its workforce by 13 percent, have come as CEO Mark Zuckerberg attempts to recover the tech giant’s struggling revenue streams.
After reportedly pouring at least $10 billion into the development of the ‘metaverse’ in the last two years, he has announced several rounds of layoffs to save his bottom line.
Confirming the mass redundancies this month, Zuckerberg said: ‘Overall, we expect to reduce our team size by around 10,000 people and to close around 5,000 additional open roles that we haven’t yet hired.
‘This will be tough and there’s no way around that. It will mean saying goodbye to talented and passionate colleagues who have been part of our success.’
Mary Prescott has slammed Meta’s ‘cold and corporate’ firing system after she was laid off from her role as a software engineering leadership recruiter at the tech firm
Meta has introduced several cost-cutting measures in recent months after losing billions in value last year
While Machado appeared to be in good spirits as she reminisced about her time at Meta, another recruiter who recently lost her job condemned the company for its ‘cold and corporate’ firing process.
Mary Prescott worked at Meta as a software engineering leadership recruiter for 10 months before receiving the dreaded email informing her she’d been let go amid the firm’s hiring freeze.
She shared her experience in Business Insider, revealing that she felt ‘survivor’s guilt’ after the tech firm began laying off staff in recent months.
Prescott, who had worked at various tech companies as a recruiter for the last nine years, said: ‘I definitely had survivor’s guilt. I felt horrible for everyone who was laid off after investing a lot of their time and expertise into Meta.’
She added that she began anticipating the redundancies after Zuckerberg announced that 2023 would be his ‘year of efficiency’.
‘We’ve been on the edge of our seats since that announcement,’ she said. ‘We knew there would be more layoffs, so it wasn’t a total shock, but the way it was done felt very cold and corporate.’
Zuckerberg also seemingly readied his employees for their impending firings by giving thousands of staff poor performance reviews in the months prior.
He has come under fire after pouring billions into his ‘metaverse’, which is said to have slashed $80 billion from its value last year alone.
According to Nasdaq, the firm has seen an operating loss of almost $24 billion in the last two years, leading Zuckerberg to introduce a slate of cost-cutting measures to remedy his declining bottom line.