Byju’s staff say morale waning amid turmoil at Indian edtech firm

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Byju’s staff say morale waning amid turmoil at Indian edtech firm

Byju’s, an Indian edtech startup, is facing fresh troubles this week, which have escalated concerns among employees who were already uncertain about their future after several rounds of job-cuts, according to more than a dozen current and former staff who spoke to RushHourDaily. Auditor Deloitte and three prominent board members ended their ties with the Bengaluru-based firm on Thursday, raising further questions about the once high-flying company’s financial health and governance practices. Byju’s has already let go of several thousand employees this year due to slowing demand and is locked in a legal battle with its lenders and faces regulatory scrutiny, even as its valuation has been slashed by at least one marquee investor.

“Morale is at an all-time low. Literally every person has a job portal open on their laptop at all times. Everyone wants to leave desperately before they are asked to pack up overnight,” said a senior manager at Byju’s, requesting anonymity. Several employees, all of whom requested anonymity, said they had received no memos about the exits of auditor Deloitte and the board members. A Byju’s spokesperson did not respond to RushHourDaily queries on staff morale, the lack of communication from management or other issues raised by employees. After initially denying the board exits, Byju’s late on Friday confirmed in a statement that a “few” investors had vacated their board seats.

The edtech firm, valued at about $22 billion early last year, has laid off thousands of employees since October to cut costs, after seeing demand for online tutoring drop following the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. Two of the employees that spoke to RushHourDaily said performance incentives, bonuses and appraisals had stalled amid the turmoil. A former employee, citing conversations with managers who are still at Byju’s, said many “are insecure about their future, because top leaders have not been in regular touch with them for about four- to six-weeks.” Another source, who left Byju’s last month, said: “People count each day anticipating layoffs, today I may be safe, tomorrow I may not. No one is working there out of choice anymore, but due to financial commitments, or because they haven’t yet found another job.”

Deloitte on Friday declined further comment on cutting ties with Byju’s, and the board members either did not respond to phone calls or were not reachable.

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