Meta’s Instagram started off the new year by telling at least 60 workers their jobs were disappearing, sources told Business Insider.
The change at the popular platform happened this week and affected technical program managers across the Instagram organization, according to two people familiar with the company and a post to Blind, an app popular with tech workers that verifies users’ employment. The TPM role is essentially being eliminated at Instagram, but workers are being given the opportunity to apply and reinterview to become a product manager. However if they aren’t selected for a new role, their employment will end in March.
A spokesperson for Meta declined to comment.
A former Instagram employee posted to LinkedIn about “expected changes to TPM roles,” adding that people are expected to “re-interview for PM roles” or product manager roles.
TPMs in tech are positioned between technical workers like engineers and PMs. Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg invoked last year a new company mantra of “efficiency” aimed at removing layers of management. The result was thousands of layoffs last year and a reduction in management ranks, as well as the rate of hiring and promotions, although the company has been hiring back some laid off workers.
The elimination of TPMs is in line with what’s been referred to as “the flattening” at Meta. Beyond layoffs, Meta’s restructuring last year included some other management roles being eliminated, and many employees at the management level were told they could “convert” to another role not in management, as BI reported.
After most of the planned mass layoffs were over last year, Zuckerberg in a meeting with employees did not deny that more jobs would be eliminated in the future. Insiders later told BI that the CEO was still looking to get the company’s overall head count closer to where it was in 2020 before it went on a massive hiring spree. CFO Susan Li, too, noted changes would come to the company as it looked at projects and teams to “wind down.”
Over the ensuing months, Meta employees were left to wonder if and when more cuts to head count would come as they were ordered to return to the office or else face being fired. A smaller layoff last fall hit a team in Reality Labs.