Hundreds of people are applying for a chance to work at Elon Musk's 'hardcore' Twitter 2.0 — even after the billionaire laid off half the company's workforce

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Elon Musk took over Twitter on October 27Jonathan Raa/Getty Images
  • Hundreds of people have applied to Twitter job postings on LinkedIn.

  • The company listed over a dozen jobs on Sunday, but indicated they were "not for immediate hire."

  • Musk laid off about 50% of Twitter's workforce in November and has asked remaining staff to work "hardcore."

Hundreds of people are applying to job openings on Twitter, according to postings on LinkedIn. Just last month, Elon Musk laid off thousands — about half of the company's workforce — and over 2,000 more employees quit.

Twitter posted about 20 job listings on LinkedIn on Sunday. The listings cover a variety of engineering and design roles from web, iOS, and Android engineering positions to product design jobs both in California and New York.

The company has also listed 11 job opportunities on its careers page. All of the job postings specify that they are for "future opportunities" at the company, but already dozens of people have applied to several of the roles. One opening for a software engineer already has over 500 applicants on LinkedIn.

"Please note this job posting is not for immediate hire but rather an opportunity to submit an application for future consideration," the job postings on LinkedIn and Twitter's website read.

A Twitter spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment from Insider ahead of publication.

Since Musk's acquisition, Twitter has been largely thrown into chaos. Musk's time at Twitter has been characterized by sleeping at the office, the continual ranking and firing of employees, and the slashing of popular perks like free lunch, days of rest, and remote work.

The new job postings come only a few weeks after thousands of employees left the company.

The billionaire fired several top executives, including former Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal, within hours of taking over in late October. Musk later laid off about 50% of Twitter staff.

He issued an ultimatum to employees that remained, outlining plans for "Twitter 2.0,": commit to working "extremely hardcore" with "long hours at high intensity" or resign.

The ultimatum led more than half of the company's 4,000 remaining employees to leave and left Twitter scrambling to persuade some workers to stay at the company, Insider's Kali Hays reported. Still, some of the members who committed to stay were later laid off.

But there have been signs that the tides might be turning at Twitter. Last week, Musk shared slides from a presentation he made to the company that included one slide reading "We're recruiting."

On Monday, a reporter from The New York Times, Mike Issac, shared a recruiting memo that he said was circulating in Silicon Valley from Twitter.

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On the LinkedIn job postings, salaries range anywhere from $142,000 to $200,000 for software engineers with at least three years of experience to as high as $243,000 to $338,000 for senior staff software engineers with over 9 years of experience. The average salary for a software engineer in San Francisco is $108,603, according to GlassDoor.

Twitter employees might also be able to benefit from stock in the company. In November, Musk said in an internal memo that Twitter employees would still be able to receive stock options as part of an "ongoing compensation plan," even though the company is now private, CNBC reported. The billionaire said "exceptional amounts" of shares will be granted for "exceptional performance."

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