Mann says he was fired from Meta 2 days after moving to Canada to work

Mann says he was fired from Meta 2 days after moving to Canada to work

  • A Meta employee said he was fired two days after moving from India to Canada.
  • Meta laid off 11,000 employees, or 13% of its workforce.
  • Meta’s Canadian office previously announced that it will open 2,500 jobs at a planned engineering center.

A Meta employee says he was fired two days after moving to Canada from India.

Himanshu V., a software engineer from India, wrote in a LinkedIn post on Nov. 10 that he was among thousands of employees affected by Meta’s mass layoffs.

“I moved to Canada to join #Meta and two days after joining, my journey ended as I’ve been impacted by the massive layoff,” Himanshu, a software engineer, wrote in the post. “My heart goes out to everyone who is going through a difficult situation right now.”

In four days, Himanshu’s post has received over 22,000 replies and 1,000 comments on LinkedIn. Insider was unable to independently verify Himanshu’s account. Himanshu did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

On Nov. 9, Meta announced it would lay off more than 11,000 employees, or about 13% of its workforce.

“I see layoffs as a last resort, so we decided to curb other sources of costs before letting teammates go,” Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a blog post.

Meta employed about 1,800 people in Canada, local tech site BetaKit reported Nov. 9, citing Meta’s LinkedIn page.

Himanshu wrote on LinkedIn that he’s now looking for a job in Canada or India, but has “no idea” what’s next. According to his profile, he had previously worked at technology companies such as GitHub and Adobe.

Himanshu isn’t the only employee suddenly fired from Meta days after relocating from India.

Vishwajeet Jha, a former software engineer at Amazon, wrote in a LinkedIn post on Nov. 11 that he was at Meta for three days before being fired.

“Really sad that this happened,” Jha wrote, adding that the process of obtaining a Canada work visa was “long.”

Neelima Agarwal, a software engineer who moved to Canada from India in November, said she was fired two days after joining the company.

In a Linkedin post on November 9, Agarwal wrote that she was heartbroken after moving to Canada. Agarwal’s post had received over 6,4000 replies and over 480 comments as of press time.

The mass layoffs at Meta’s Canadian office come eight months after the company announced plans to open an engineering center in Toronto that would create 2,500 jobs, according to a Meta press release.

Jha, Agarwal and Meta did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.

Meta employees from offices around the world have taken to LinkedIn to write “badge posts” after being fired from the company, Insider previously reported.

“I’m officially a victim of the mass layoffs at Meta this morning…but honestly, I’m not a bit screwed,” wrote Chad Lesher, a former Meta strategy lead, in a LinkedIn post Nov. 10.

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