Better.com employees were notified of its latest layoffs via layoff checks
As if things couldn’t get more ridiculous at the online mortgage lender better.comor 900 people were fired following a Zoom call last December, the company allegedly issued another wave of layoffs by inadvertently notifying employees through its payroll app, as first reported by Tech Crunch.
According to Tech Crunch, the company was supposed to announce this round of layoffs on March 8, but later pushed it back to March 9 after the original date was published. Better apparently forgot to change the date on its accompanying Workday app, however — unsuspecting employees reportedly saw severance checks appear in the app at 12 p.m. on March 8.
Better CEO and co-founder Vishal Garg was slammed for firing hundreds of employees in a single Zoom call on December 3 last year and allegedly called them “part of the unlucky group that is dismissed” during the meeting. He later published excuses to employees and then took time to complete a “Leadership and Culture Assessment”. The whole situation led to an exodus of several Better executives, including Patrick Lenihan, vice-president of communicationsMelanie Hahn, Marketing Manager, Tanya Gillogley, Public Relations Manager, among many others.
An employee said Tech Crunch that after this week’s snafu, Better then removed checks from some employees’ Workday accounts, and they said company executives didn’t even bother to contact employees to apologize for the error or recognize the dismissals. Tech Crunch says an emailed notice was originally due March 9 that would blame “current market conditions” for a “mass layoff.”
Tech Crunch reports that about 3,000 workers in the United States and India are being laid off – nearly half of the company’s 8,000-person team – with the majority of affected workers in sales and operations jobs. Employee severance pay would consist of 60 to 80 days of pay.
better said The edge that “a small number” of employees have been informed of the layoffs via their severance checks and that he will arrange “one-on-one calls” with affected employees.