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- WeWork is set to cut at least 13% of its workforce, or roughly 2,000 jobs, according to British newspaper the Guardian.
- The paper reported that staff within the company started to turn on founder and former CEO Adam Neumann, and that little or no work is getting done due to WeWork’s uncertain financial position.
- “The atmosphere is toxic. A lot of people worked so hard for this company. We thought we were in on something really big,” an anonymous staff member told the newspaper.
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WeWork is set to cut “at least” 2,000 jobs as soon as this week, or roughly 13% of the company’s workforce, according to British newspaper the Guardian, citing anonymous sources inside the company.
According to the paper, workers are getting “little or no work done,” due to the company’s uncertain financial situation. Backer SoftBank has reportedly stepped in to ensure WeWork survives.
One worker told the Guardian: “The atmosphere is toxic. A lot of people worked so hard for this company. We thought we were in on something really big.”
On the company’s Slack messaging board, memes of Adam Neumann had been made, as well as others making light of the company’s current situation.
WeWork’s fall from grace has come at breakneck speed. First, the long-awaited IPO ws pulled after major investor SoftBank had fears that investors were not interested. Later it was reported that banks JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs were helping to refinance the company after its major losses.
WeWork did not immediately respond to Markets Insider for comment on the job cuts.