Snap Inc confirmed it cut more than 120 engineers, as the company works to emphasise performance in the organisation, according to an internal memo.
The round of job cuts are Snap’s biggest to date, after a turbulent year that included a rethinking of its advertising business, an exodus of top executives and a widely critiqued redesign of its main application, Snapchat. The Los Angeles-based company’s shares had declined 16% in the past year through March 7’s close.
“We want to unleash speed and productivity in our organisation, while keeping a high technical bar,” Snap’s head of engineering, Jerry Hunter, said in the memo to engineers, earlier obtained by Cheddar, an online news network. “That required us to think carefully about the shape of the organisation, and where each member of our team fits.”
Here’s the full memo:
Over the last few weeks I’ve worked closely with our key leaders to create a plan for restructuring our team to make it stronger. We kept a few important goals in mind: 1) We will unify the entire engineering organisation as a single, powerful and diverse team that is highly productive, extremely innovative, and technically excellent. 2) We will organise around our key priorities, specifically, addressing the technical debt that we have accrued over the years so that we can develop a product that engages customers and drives Snap forward. 3) We will deploy an organisational structure that aligns top talent with the most critical priorities, creates clarity around our mission, drives accountability, and rewards technical excellence in product development.
Having high-performing, technically excellent, and appropriately aligned teams will be critical to building both a compelling product and a compelling culture for engineers. We want to unleash speed and productivity in our organisation, while keeping a high technical bar. That required us to think carefully about the shape of the organisation, and where each member of our team fits. As part of this, we have made the exceptionally difficult decision to exit just over 120 members of our team from the company. We are doing this after a thoughtful and respectful review of each team member and with appreciation for the many contributions they have made to Snap. All impacted employees will be eligible for a transition package that includes resources to help them with the next step in their career.
Over the next few days all of you will learn more about your role in the organisation. We will also have an All Hands on March 14 to cover the new organisation in detail, talk about the mission of each new team, and address your questions face-to-face. We have important and challenging opportunities ahead of us and you have our commitment that we are investing in top talent and key priorities as a result of this action.
Thank you for your trust, patience, and flexibility. I know this is a challenging moment, but I am convinced that this is an important step to help us build the future of Snap. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions.
Jerry — Bloomberg