Surbhi Gupta, an engineer from India who appeared in the popular Netflix show‘Indian Matchmaking’among thousands of employees laid off by Facebook’s parent company, Meta, last month, BBC report.
Ms. Gupta has been in the US since 2009 and she has worked at Meta as a Product Manager. She told escape that she did not expect that she would be fired because she did a great job at her job. However, one morning, around 6 a.m., she received a letter about the layoff that shocked her. Ms. Gupta said she couldn’t access a computer and the office gym left her feeling demoralized.
“At 6 a.m. I got an email. I couldn’t access the computer or the gym at the office. It felt like parting,” said Gupta, who won the title of ‘Miss Bharat-California’. in a beauty contest in 2018, said.
Talk to BBC, she also added that she has worked very hard to build a life in the US for “over 15 years”. “It felt like the Titanic was sinking because I lost access to everything one by one – my workplace, then email, then my laptop,” she said.
Furthermore, according to the outlet, Ms. Gupta was not asked to leave immediately. Her last day at the company will be around January. However, since she is on an H1-B visa, she will only be allowed to stay in the US for another 60 days after leaving Meta. “My ability to work and stay in the US depends on my H1-B visa,” she said.
Ms. Gupta commented that finding her new role will not be easy as it is the holiday season and most companies have slowed down the hiring process. She said that her parents always gave her mental support during difficult times. “They told me to be strong because I’m the one who can turn problems into opportunities. They told me ‘aur kuch acccha mil jayega’ (you’ll find something better),” she said.
However, she revealed that she is trying to focus on her job search. She said that her former colleagues were supportive, introduced her to new opportunities and introduced her.
Meanwhile, Meta parted ways with about 11,000 employees last month, making up nearly 13% of the company’s workforce. The mass layoffs come a week after Twitter laid off thousands of its employees.
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