Facebook Plans to Remove some Managers’ Teams and Demote Them to new Positions with the Same Amount of Responsibility as their Prior Positions
A major one of Mark Zuckerberg’s most important goals during the Meta’s “year of efficiency” is to slash the company’s corporate structure, which will leave many middle managers awaiting demotions.
Zuckerberg stated that last month he doesn’t want “managers managing managers” and added that a lower manager-centered structure will create Meta “a more fun place to work.”
In Zuckerberg’s plan to streamline the company, a new round of layoffs is anticipated in the near future according to Insider’s first announcement.
Changes to the structure of Facebook — which is the biggest segment of Meta with a staff of nearly 40,000 has been in the works since the company’s initial round of cuts in November. For those who were able to make it through the round of cuts, additional changes are planned to let managers go from the roles.
A current employee has told Insider that recently, many of the managers at Facebook were told that they’ll be having their teams removed. The managers are basically scheduled to be dismissed and be made “individual contributors” at Facebook which is the same job they’ve been in, overseeing and overseeing.
“Folks with years of management experience are being told they have to train on a position they haven’t done in years,” the source said to Insider. “Worse, it’s putting them in direct competition with the people they were once managing.”
Facebook Plans Follow Instagram’s lead
As Zuckerberg’s plan to reduce levels of leadership is under discussion currently “and has not been finalized,” according to a Meta spokesperson, the organizational structure of Facebook will likely look similar to that of Instagram.
Meta (than Facebook) acquired Instagram in 2012. There were for a long time efforts to expand Instagram rapidly and in a manner that would make it close to Facebook. However, the photo-sharing app was “less bloated” than Facebook according to an employee who left the company stating to Insider that it had around 20000 employees. Facebook is, however, home to approximately 40,000.
Facebook operates on a “matrix model,” one person who is familiar with the organization explained to Insider. The plan is to promote collaboration between different departments or regions by having managers from different areas or departments supervise the same project.
However, Instagram operates according to an increasingly vertical model in which employees are placed in groups by expertise and are directly accountable to a senior manager or an executive.
Although the possibility of collaboration is less attainable in Instagram’s organization model, it’s being seen to be more effective since it allows for decision-making to be taken quicker.
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