Binance Denies Reports of a 20% Staff Cut
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Binance dismisses rumors that 20% of their staff would be laid off in response to market disturbances.
Binance, the leading cryptocurrency exchange with a workforce of approximately 8,000, was recently enveloped in rumors that it had laid off 20% of its staff, due to the overall state of the crypto market. However, Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao dismissed these allegations as fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD).
Zhao clarified that the company maintains a policy of releasing employees who are not deemed a suitable fit, but there is no predetermined percentage of staff to be let go. He further emphasized that Binance continues to hire more people, contradicting the layoff rumors.
Patrick Hillman, Binance’s Chief Communications Officer, also refuted the reports, denying that the company was eliminating 20% of its workforce to manage expenses. In a series of tweets, Hillman explained the firm had seen a remarkable growth in its five-year tenure and continually conducted a “talent density audit”.
He noted, “Like previous exercises, this will be done after several teams (including HR, Risk, and Operations) finalize that talent density audit. There is no specific number, just direction on where we need to streamline. This has frankly been part of Binance’s secret sauce.”
Hillman did not disclose the exact number of employees affected but suggested that it might be less than 20%. He assured that the definitive figure would emerge once all teams had completed their talent density audits. Despite being under scrutiny from U.S. regulators, Binance has continued its expansion efforts. The company recently extended its services to Thailand, signifying its ongoing growth trajectory.
Despite rumors about significant layoffs at Binance due to the current state of the crypto market, both CEO Changpeng Zhao and Chief Communications Officer Patrick Hillman have denied such claims. They have clarified that while the company does regularly review and let go of unsuitable employees, there’s no fixed percentage for layoffs. They’ve emphasized that Binance continues to hire and grow, as shown by their recent expansion to Thailand. These updates reflect the dynamism of the crypto industry, and Binance’s approach towards maintaining a high talent density and continuous adaptation to market conditions.
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