Elon Musk stated that the company is no longer making layoffs and is actively hiring for positions in engineering and sales, a new report claims.
He also stated that staff is encouraged to recommend potential candidates.
His remarks came the same day as Twitter's sales team, which has almost lost all of its senior leadership since Musk took control, was rocked by an unspecified wave of layoffs.
Twitter does not currently have any open positions advertised on its website, and Musk did not name the specific technical or sales positions for which the business was seeking. During the discussion (via The Verge), he reportedly declared: "In terms of critical hires, I would say people who are great at writing software are the highest priority."
Engineers were already receiving messages from Twitter recruiters inviting them to work at "Twitter 2.0 - an Elon company."
Musk addressed Twitter's staff for the first time on Monday since he made them all choose to stay for his "extremely hardcore" culture reset, which resulted in almost 1,000 resignations last week. During a half-hour Q&A session with staff members from Twitter's San Francisco headquarters, Musk claimed there are "no plans" to transfer Twitter to Texas, as he did with Tesla, but that it may make sense to have "dual-headquartered" offices in Texas and California.
"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 particularly mentioned Twitter's historically high usage in Japan as what the firm should aim for "ideally in every country without exception."
"It may seem as though Twitter is U.S.-centric but if anything it's Japan-centric," he said. "There are roughly the same number of daily active users in Japan as there are in the US, despite the fact that Japan has one-third of the population of the US."
In answer to a query concerning wages, Musk reaffirmed that workers at Twitter would receive stock options and be allowed to use them frequently, just like at SpaceX, his other privately held business. Every six months, the company holds a liquidity event when it buys back shares and invites new investors to do the same, according to the way things work at SpaceX to obtain liquidity, he explained. And Twitter will be run in the same manner, too.
Anyone joining Twitter today will do so in a far smaller organization than it was prior to Musk's takeover. The precise number of departures during his tenure is unknown, but before he fired over half the workforce, there were almost 7,400 workers with access to Twitter's internal systems.