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Indian Man Relocates to Canada for Meta Job, Fired After Just 2 Days

On LinkedIn, the IIT-Kharagpur alumnus said that he "has no idea" what his future holds

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Sadaf Hasan
Sadaf Hasan
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INDIA: In one of the worst layoffs ever in the tech industry, an Indian man who relocated from India to Canada for a job with tech giant Meta was shown the door just two days after joining.

On LinkedIn, the IIT-Kharagpur alumnus said that he “has no idea” what his future holds.

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Himanshu V, an IITian, was impacted after Mark Zuckerberg’s company, Meta, laid off more than 11,000 of its employees in one go.

Himanshu, who has previously worked for brands like GitHub, Flipkart, and Adobe, has shared his plight after being fired from Meta in only two days, saying that his heart goes out to everyone going through a challenging time right now.

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The IIT alumni wrote on LinkedIn, “I relocated to Canada to join #Meta, and 2 days after joining, my journey came to an end as I am impacted by the massive layoff. What’s next for me? Honestly, I have no idea! I’m looking forward to whatever comes next.”

The now-ex-Meta employee has also asked his LinkedIn connections to let him know if they’re aware of any openings for software engineers.

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“Let me know if you know of any position or hiring for a software engineer (in Canada or India),” his LinkedIn post continued. 

On LinkedIn, Himanshu’s post has received much attention, garnering over 7,000 reactions and numerous comments.

After reading his article, many people expressed their disbelief and sorrow for Himanshu, while many others comforted him.  

One user said, “I feel you, buddy. I’m in a similar situation. Stay positive; someone somewhere will help us out. All the best!”

Also, many people provided him with leads on job openings and connections to companies hiring software engineers.

Facebook’s parent company, Meta, revealed on Wednesday that it would lay off more than 11,000 employees to reduce costs in the wake of poor profits and a drop in sales. 

“Today, I’m sharing some of the most difficult changes we’ve made in Meta’s history. I’ve decided to reduce the size of our team by about 13% and let more than 11,000 of our talented employees go,” Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, stated in a blog post.

The planned layoffs would be the organization’s first significant headcount cutbacks in its 18-year history.

Employees would receive 16 weeks of base salary plus an additional two weeks for each year of service as severance. The corporation said employees would be reimbursed for healthcare costs for a period of six months.

Additionally, the company has committed to assisting Indians and other foreign employees working out of Meta’s United States offices with immigration matters. Numerous H1B visa holders are in jeopardy due to these layoffs. 

The impacted people now have 60 days to find work; if they don’t, they’ll have to return to their hometowns.

In 2020 and 2021 combined, Meta hired over 27,000 people. In the first nine months of this year, it hired a further 15,344 people, or roughly one-fourth of that during the most recent quarter. 

Additionally, tech behemoths like Meta are turning to extensive layoffs as a result of this year’s economic recession to save costs.

Also Read: Meta Invests More Money in the Metaverse While Laying off 11,000 Employees


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