Meta fires employee after nearly 10 years of service, says he feels like he’s lost a part of his identity

Meta fired an employee who was about to complete 10 years at the company. The ex-Meta executive said that most of her identity was wrapped up in her job and that she doesn't know what she brings to the table now that she is no longer working at Mark Zuckerberg's company.

by Vikash Kumawat
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Undoubtedly, it is the dream of most working professionals to have a job that they not only excel at but also love. But when you are handed a pink slip in your dream job, it can make you extremely nervous. Such was the case with a Meta employee who lost his job during a massive layoff at the company. She’s worked for Meta for more than 10 years and said in a LinkedIn post that much of her identity revolves around her job. Now that he’s no longer a part of the meta, he’s having a hard time deciding what happens next.

The former Meta executive wrote in a LinkedIn post that he lost his job a month ago but took some time to process the news. “The shock has subsided but the sadness remains,” says the former Meta employee, now a project manager at Facebook. He started his professional journey with Meta in August 2013 as a part of the Public Content Operations team.

“Long time scroller, first time poster. I hesitated to post because it took a month, but grief is not linear, and it took me about 10 years to process the end of my journey. So this is – I was affected by the May layoffs.

“Admitting that I am no longer in meta is disorienting. For a significant portion of my adult life (so far) my identity has ended with my work in meta. Frankly – I still focus on that. Focusing what I bring to the table is no longer meta related,” her post read.

The woman added that over the past 10 years she had “worked with amazing human beings and some of the brightest minds who really cared about the social impact of the company.” She said she always knew the hardest part about quitting would be the people she worked with. The former META executive also expressed how she really loved her job.

He wrote, “The shock has subsided, but the sadness hasn’t. I’m sad for many reasons – the sadness of a future that will never happen, the relationships I don’t get, the plans I don’t get to see, the roles I get to grow into.” But mostly an abrupt end to work I loved doing with people I loved working with. I was very fortunate to work with the most amazing human beings with the most brilliant minds who truly love the company. Cares about social impact.People – I always knew that leaving would be the hardest part.

“I don’t regret not leaving on my own terms. I know it’s common to move around these days, but I loved my job. During my time there I worked on some great initiatives, but I’m most proud of This is my contribution to helping build the industry-leading fact-checking program and comprehensive misinformation effort.”

The shock has lessened but not the sadness. I’m sad for several reasons –
sadness over a future that will never come to be, the relationships I don’t get
to have, the plans I won’t get to see through, the role that I won’t get to
develop. BUT mostly the abrupt end to the work that I loved with the people I
loved doing it with. I was so fortunate to work with the most amazing humans
with the brightest mind who truly care about the company’s social impact.
The people — I always knew would be the hardest part to leave.

What I don’t feel is regret for not leaving on my own terms. I know it is
common these days to move around, but I loved my job. During my time I
worked on some awesome initiatives, but I am most proud of are my
contributions in helping build an industry leading fact-checking program and
the broader misinformation effort. Joining Misinfo was a blind leap of faith —
my recruiter did not disclose the team I would be joining – but a leap that I’m
so grateful for taking. The work wasn’t easy, every day had the potential for
new unknowns — but it was the most meaningful work that I’ve had the honor
to be part of. Through 3 major US elections, countless international ones,
crises, the pandemic, and the rise of Al — my commitment to our mission did
not waver – if anything it made me even more proud of the work we were
doing. The job allowed me to meet the amazing journalist that help us combat
misinformation globally. I leave with an endless admiration and respect for all
of them. While I may not be part of the team anymore — I will continue to
cheer on and defend this effort from the sidelines.

Candidly, I don’t know what comes next. My goal for the next month is to
reconsider my assumptions of what my future could be, my priorities, and
what it means to opening myself up to an entirely new set of possibilities.

Facebook’s parent company Meta announced its decision to lay off another 10,000 employees in March this year. However, only 4,000 people had received layoff mail then and the remaining 6,000 learned about their fate in May. Earlier, the company had fired 11,000 employees in 2022.

Despite announcing massive layoffs, Meta is reportedly one of the top paying companies in 2022. According to a Business Insider report originally attributed to The Wall Street Journal, Meta was among the top-paying public companies in 2022.

The report further states that the WSJ used data collected by MyLogIQ, a company that analyzes public companies’ financial information, to find the average salaries of 278 companies that are part of the S&P 500. According to the analyzed data, Meta got the second place. In the list of top paying companies with an average salary of US$ 300,000.

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