Meta, Facebook’s parent company, has canceled a contract with custodial workers at its Silicon Valley headquarters, resulting in hundreds of job cuts.
ABM Industries, Meta’s facility management vendor, was informed of the cancellation in mid-June, and the cuts will be implemented on July 25, according to state employment development documents.
ABM’s human resources manager wrote to the department on July 1 informing them that the decision would affect 368 employees at 1 Hacker Way in Menlo Park. Ten supervisors and seven managers are among those who will be cut, as well as kitchen cleaners, night cleaners, recycling sorters, and cafe support.
ABM has no independent knowledge of the hiring plans of the subsequent custodial vendor Meta has hired to perform these services.
The company said in May it was slowing hiring after forecasting a year-over-year drop in revenue in the second quarter due to rising inflation, the war in Ukraine and privacy changes to Apple’s iOS.
There was no explanation for the termination. Facebook plans to replace the vendor with another company, but didn’t say how many workers it plans to hire.
ABM didn’t immediately reply to a comment request.
Facebook, Google, and Adobe are among the clients of ABM, which is publicly traded and employs more than 100,000 people. According to ABM, these companies “expanded their footprint.”
Since 2020, Facebook’s facilities have been significantly quieter. The company planned to return to the office, so employees could apply for permanent remote work. In May, some Bay Area employees returned to work.
Mark Zuckerberg told employees last week that the company has cut engineering hiring by 30%. Meta leadership urged employees to identify and report low performers on Monday, adding that they are failing the company.
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