Most of Twitter’s layoffs to hit its San Francisco office

Twitter said Tuesday it planned to cut up to 336 workers globally, and it turns out that most of these layoffs will come from the tech firm’s San Francisco headquarters, a notice sent to the state shows.

About 240 employees at its headquarters on 1355 Market Street will be laid off, ending their jobs on or about Dec. 13, according to the notice.

“We anticipate that these changes will be permanent; however the entire facility will not be closed,” wrote Brian Schipper, Twitter’s Vice President of Human Resources, in a Oct. 12 letter sent to the state’s Employment Development Department.

Under state law, certain employers must notify its employees and various government officials, including the Employment Development Department, of a mass layoff 60 days before it happens.

A mass layoff is when 50 or more employees lose their jobs during 30 days at a single facility.

The company, which declined to say Tuesday how many San Francisco workers will be impacted by the layoffs,  has about 4,100 employees worldwide and more than 35 offices. As of June 2015, about 2,300 employees worked at Twitter’s San Francisco office.

In March, The San Francisco Business Times ranked Twitter as the city’s second-largest tech employer behind cloud computing company Salesforce.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said Tuesday that the layoffs are part of the company’s effort to put the tech firm on a “stronger path to grow.” The social media company, which has struggled to attract new users and impress Wall Street, is trying to better organize its workforce, Dorsey said, and workers in Product and Engineering will be impacted the most by the restructuring efforts.

Here’s a copy of the full letter:



Photo Credit: A sign is posted on the exterior of the Twitter headquarters on February 5, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)


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