Meta CEO Zuckerberg ‘Visibly Frustrated’ Over Worker’s Vacation Issue

Meta CEO Zuckerberg 'Visibly Frustrated' Over Worker's Vacation Issue


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Mark Zuckerberg couldn’t hide his irritation with an employee who asked about vacation days during a company meeting.

At a June 30 question-and-answer meeting, Meta’s CEO made several announcements, including plans to cut underperforming employees, according to a recent report.

Zuckerberg reportedly warned employees that the recent market crash “may be one of the worst we’ve seen in recent history” before introducing planned cost cuts.

So perhaps it wasn’t the best time for a Chicago employee to ask if the “Meta Days” (extra time introduced after the pandemic) would continue into the next year.

Although, to their credit, the question was pre-recorded before the online meeting started.

“Um…all right,” Zuckerberg replied in a recording obtained by US news site The Verge. “Given my tone in the rest of the Q&A, you can probably guess what my reaction is to that.”

During that meeting, Zuckerberg criticized employees, saying that Meta would implement higher standards and cut people who could not meet the new performance guidelines.

“Realistically, there are probably a lot of people in the company who shouldn’t be here,” Zuckerberg said, shocking many listeners.

According to Meta spokesperson Joe Osborne, this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who knows Meta.

“Reports on these efforts are consistent with that focus and what we’ve already shared publicly about our style of operation,” he said in a statement.

“Any company that wants to have a lasting impact must practice disciplined prioritization and work with a high level of intensity to achieve goals.”

Vacations in the United States

The US is one of the few countries (and the only industrialized country in the world) that does not treat paid leave as a right. Therefore, the amount of annual leave varies by employer.

Exact numbers are hard to come by, but reports claim that Meta employees in most US locations have 21 vacation days, 11 company holidays, and “sick days when you need them.”

That’s generous considering the US average is around 10 days a year.

In 2020, Zuckerberg also gave all employees the entire week of Thanksgiving and added three additional days of paid leave, called Meta Leave.

Zuckerberg himself is a fan of mixing pleasure with business and going on vacation while traveling for work.

In recent years, he has traveled extensively with his wife, Priscilla Chan, to popular tourist destinations such as the Louvre in Paris, the Parthenon in Greece and the island of Kaua’i in Hawaii, where he owns several properties.

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