Maddie Macho, a former recruiter at tech giant Meta (formerly known as Facebook), has shared her experience of being paid $190,000 to “do nothing” during her time at the company. In a viral TikTok video, Maddie revealed that when she joined Meta, she was informed that the recruitment team was not expected to hire anyone for the first six months to a year.
Initially surprised, Maddie quickly realised that this meant she could take advantage of the situation by “riding it out” and getting paid to do very little. She spent her time undergoing the company’s onboarding process, attending numerous team meetings, and trying to figure out the company culture, but she was not required to hire anyone.
Maddie shared that her team was made up of new hires who were all in the same boat, trying to learn about the company and their roles. They had team meetings, but there was nothing to report or discuss because no one was hiring. Maddie’s boss, who was also new, didn’t have any answers to her questions either.
Despite not doing much, Maddie enjoyed her time at Meta and even said that she misses it. She found it nice to be paid so much money for doing very little work.
Meta, the parent company of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, recently announced a further 10,000 job cuts across the company, in addition to the 11,000 staff members that were let go in November. The company’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, stated that these tough measures are part of a “year of efficiency” aimed at streamlining the company’s operations and cutting costs in the face of falling earnings.
Maddie’s story sheds light on the inner workings of a major tech company and the perks and challenges that come with working in the industry. While some may envy her experience of being paid a high salary to do very little, it is important to note that such situations are not always sustainable or fulfilling in the long run.