Snap will dismiss "little more than" 120 employees of its engineering team in the coming days, the company confirmed today. The layoffs, first reported by Cheddar, were announced in an email to Snap employees by Jerry Hunter, the company's chief engineer. Cheddar's Alex Heath posted a copy of the email on Twitter.
Hunter said the layoffs are meant to simplify and unify Snap's engineering team. He said the changes will allow the company "[address] the technical debut we've accumulated over the years so we can develop a product that engages customers and drives Snap." That sounds like a really opaque way of saying that Snap product has never been known for its robust and efficient code, and with Instagram aggressively trying to steal its users, it's time for Snap to deal with some of the deficiencies that the company has felt For a long time I was able to ignore.
According to reports, the cuts represent about 10 percent of the Snap engineering team. They are the biggest dismissal of Snap to date, although they are still only a small part of the company of approximately 3,000 people.
It is not clear from which part of Snap's engineering team these layoffs will go. Snap seems to have closed the book on some hardware projects in recent months, such as his work on a drone, and the company could lay off those employees while still focusing on its core application.
The layoffs are approaching the end of a tough first year as a public company for Snap. The company became public just as Instagram's growth took off by copying the Snapchat Story feature. In the time since then, Instagram has experienced monumental growth, while Snapchat has been slow in comparison. Snap recently redesigned its application to improve engagement, but found mixed reactions.