A TikToker is going viral after secretly recording herself getting fired remotely from computer and network security company Cloudflare.
Brittany Pietsch, who recorded the nine-minute clip on Jan. 12, about four months after joining the company, said she started recording it because she knew she was likely to be fired.
But instead of graciously accepting his fate, Pietsch was ready to fight back.
@brittanypeachh Repost of original author: brittany peach cloudflare layoff. I filmed it when I knew I was about to get fired 🙂 This was honestly traumatizing lol #cloudflare #techlayoffs #tech #layoff ♬ Original song – Brittany Pietsch
“I was fired by two people I didn’t know: a woman in human resources and a man who was a director I had never heard of,” Pietsch wrote. “What did he have to lose to stand up for himself?”
The human resources team explained that her performance was not up to par and that many others, including her, would be terminated. But Pietsch told the people who answered her calls (a human resources representative and a director) that she was the “most active” person on the team and that “things were going really, really well” for her. . Then she wondered why her own manager, or at least someone she had met, wasn't answering her calls.
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“I don't agree with the statement that it's not meeting performance expectations. What I really need is not why Cloudflare decided to hire so many people, but why Brittany Pietsch was fired. “Answer and explanation as to why they're going to do it. There are so many people and they're going to let them go,” she said frankly, and in the third person.
Pietsch continued to push back, demanding direct answers as to why he was actually being fired, but the human resources department remained unmoved.
“Honestly, with this phone call and the limited time we have, there's nothing we can talk about. It's going to ruin your right mood at this moment,” the unidentified person said. Told. “Personally, I will do my best to provide as much specific information as possible, but I cannot make any commitments after this call.”
Still, Pietsch searched for answers, but to no avail.
“Despite receiving constant positive praise from my manager, I have great meetings, my activity levels are all positive, I have not received any negative trends, and there are no performance improvement plans in place.” she said. she said irritated. “It just doesn't make sense that you guys still can't explain to me why I'm being fired.”
Pietsch's video drew mixed reviews from commenters, with many praising her for demanding justice and explanation at a time when many are afraid to speak out.
One person wrote: “You handled this so well.” “They tried to gaslight you based on your performance, not on company issues.”
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“I'm glad I was able to speak calmly even though I had little time to prepare,'' said another woman.
Others were less impressed with Pietsch's attitude.
“The company just isn't making a profit, and in terms of sales, it's just not making enough profit to justify continuing.” [you]. It’s a business,” one person wrote.
“She was right, but it's bad career behavior to post this online,” said another.
The viral video, which has been viewed more than 1.37 million times on TikTok, prompted a response from Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince, who said the company will hire about 40 of its 1,500 employees in Pietsch's round. wrote on social media platform X that he had fired someone.
He also pointed out that companies don't always “hire the perfect person,” and said companies can usually tell whether an employee will be successful within three months of hiring.
We laid off approximately 40 of our go-to-market organization's more than 1,500 salespeople. That's a normal quarter. If you're doing performance management right, you can often tell within three months of hiring a salesperson whether they're going to be successful or not, even if they're on vacation. Unfortunately…
— Matthew Prince? (@East Dakota) January 12, 2024
“This video is painful to watch. Managers should always be involved,” Prince wrote. “In any healthy organization, you have to fire people who aren't performing well. That wasn't the mistake here. The mistake was not being as kind and humane as we were.”
Cloudflare was up more than 69% year over year as of Tuesday afternoon.