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Former Meta recruiter claims she was paid $190,000 a year for doing “nothing”

Amid recent layoffs from the company, a former recruiter from Meta claimed she made $190,000 a year (about $16,000 a month) for doing “nothing” at her job.

In a recent video posted to TikTok, Maddie, @maddie_macho, reflected on the six months she worked for Meta during 2021. She shared the post just days after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the next round of layoffs of more of 10,000 Meta employees.

The clip, which is titled “I was paid $190,000 to do nothing at Meta” began with the former job recruiter explaining how the company did not hire new workers during her time on the job.

“We weren’t expected to hire anyone for the first six months, or even the first year,” she said. “Yes, he blew my mind. I thought, ‘perfect, I’m only going to put up with this for a year, obviously I didn’t achieve that.’

Regarding her activities for the day, Maddie said she was “learning” and that Meta had the best “onboarding and training” process that was “very thorough”.

He mocked how his “expectations” early in his job was to “take it all in,” before questioning some of the meetings he had to participate in.

“But the most we did, this is the crazy part, is we had a lot of team meetings,” Maddie said. “Why did we meet? We weren’t hiring anyone. Only to hear how everyone else wasn’t hiring anyone. Also, I was on a team where everyone was new, so none of us were hiring anyone.”

After pointing out that his coworkers and boss were just “trying to figure things out” at work, he made a mockery of his responsibilities at the company.

“I really miss him,” she added. “Pretty much, she wasn’t doing anything. Hmm, that’s good.”

In a follow-up video, she shared why she was fired from Meta, after she started working there in September 2021. According to Maddie, when her TikTok video about the company’s benefits package went viral, people who worked in the company they shared that they loved it.

However, Maddie said Meta wasn’t too happy with the content on her account, claiming she later received a reprimand for posting on her story about how “challenging” her work could be. She claimed that while she stopped talking specifically about Meta, the company later reviewed “20” of his TikTok videos and asked if she thought they were “appropriate.” She mentioned that she later decided to quit, one day before she was fired from her.

As of March 17, Maddie’s videos had over 210,400 views, with TikTok users mocking her time on Meta in the comments.

“Well I wouldn’t have told anyone I wasn’t working lol,” one wrote.

“Getting paid 190k for doing nothing is crazy,” another added, while a third wrote: “MEETINGS. FROM TEAM… I would have to block my damn calendar so I could have a day without meetings”.

Other people expressed how they identified with Maddie’s work experience.

“I had the same experience for 4 months. Easiest paycheck ever haha,” one she wrote.

“So do I!” added another. “I was making a lot of money at Amazon and I didn’t hire anyone. I won $80k for a hire and voluntary severance.”

Earlier this week, Zuckerberg announced that he had fired more than 10,000 people from Facebook and that Meta would also leave 5,000 job openings.

The business tycoon said that at least part of the dismissed personnel will be from Meta’s recruiting team and it was indicated that the rest could be from non-engineering positions. He gave no indication of which staff might be laid off, noting that affected staff would find out about their futures in April and May.

He added that the layoffs were part of a “restructuring” and “efficiency year” at Meta and could be completed by the end of 2023.

“It will be difficult and there is no way around it,” he wrote in a memo to staff. “It will mean saying goodbye to talented and passionate colleagues who have been a part of our success.”

The decision was also announced after the company had already laid off some 11,000 people in November.

The Independent reached out to Maddie and a Meta representative for comment.

Translation of Michelle Padilla

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