Snapchat cuts 120 engineering jobs following controversial app redesign

Andy Boxall

In App Business

March 9, 2018

Snap Inc. is about to cut more jobs, this time affecting 120 employees, and almost all from the engineering department. According to Cheddar, which broke the news, this represents 10% of the company’s engineering department’s headcount.

In an email obtained by Cheddar, Snap’s SVP of engineering Jerry Hunter writes:

“Having high-performing, technically excellent, and appropriately aligned teams will be critical to building both a compelling product and a compelling culture for engineers. We want to unleash speed and productivity in our organization, while keeping a high technical bar. That required us to think carefully about the shape of the organization, and where each member of our team fits.”

The cuts are the latest in a string of similar actions, but represents the largest total layoffs yet, and comes soon after a controversial redesign of the Snapchat app. Despite the mixed reception, Snapchat’s daily active user numbers did rise by 8.9 million at the end of 2017.