Threatening, pressuring, overworking and micromanaging employees to within an inch of their lives only to then take credit for their hard work has been a Musk trademark in all his companies since the start.
It is less evident when the company is built from the ground up with that ethos but a lot more so when he tries to apply it in an already existing business...
I hope most employees do not give in to the threats and coercion and leave what will essentially become a tech sweatshop but I feel bad for those who will have to stay out of desperation for a paycheck ( I assume that's the only reason one would stay). Although I'm sure even they will be dusting off their resumes.
I think this is a really, really important point that can easily get glossed over. Elon runs SpaceX and Tesla like a slave driver - I have friends in engineering and tech who wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole, because while it's probably great on a resume, and cool work, they don't want to ride out a decade working 16-18 hours a day, at an office or campus, with limited to no blended or remote opportunities.
Twitter? It's just another tech company. Why deal with Elon's threats and posturing, threatening managers and employees alike if their reasoning isn't good enough for approving remote work. Not offering a glimpse into the comp structure, stock options, the future of the platform, just a "You're in, and you'll be here every day, all day," or you're fired.
Why would you work there, instead of say, Google, Salesforce, or another AAA tech company. Even with job cuts, there's still going to be a lot of mobility in tech, and plenty of jobs to fill. I can't fathom why anyone would want to put up with this.