Laundry, leftovers, and valet parking are no longer on the menu for Meta employees. Facebook’s parent company told workers on Friday it was reducing campus perks, including valet parking and free laundry and dry cleaning, and postponing its dinner service from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. According to the New York Times, employees are crazy.
That means fewer metamates will dine on campus, since the shuttle leaves the office at 6 p.m., The Times reported. It also means fewer workers will be able to stock up on cafeteria food to take home as leftovers.
Meta company spokeswoman Tracy Clayton confirmed the changes, describing them in an email as more reflective of “the needs of our hybrid workforce.”
“Our culinary services are primarily an on-site benefit for people who work in the office,” Clayton told Protocol in an email. “We want food served to meet this need when people might be working late.”
Clayton said Meta is getting rid of valet parking to get closer to its goal of net zero emissions. Shuttles and bicycles are available for on-campus transportation.
Like many companies, Meta has reformed its office amenities and benefits with a hybrid workforce in mind.
The company increased its annual employee wellness benefit from $700 to $3,000 in January, which covers activities and equipment related to physical or mental health as well as expenses related to financial planning, child care, elder care and pet care.
Many Meta employees will be back on campus for part of the week starting March 28, although the company has offered some remote work options.
The cuts have aggravated a number of employees who responded to the online announcement of the changes, according to the Times. Chief technology officer Andrew Bosworth reportedly defended the changes and was “irritated by the perceived sense of entitlement displayed in the comments”.