Los Angeles Times
Robinhood slashes staff
App-based brokerage lays off 780 people, or 23% of its workforce, and closes offices amid a lasting slump.
Robinhood Markets is eliminating almost a quarter of its workforce and closing offices after a punishing first year as a public company.
The app-based brokerage dismissed 780 people, or about 23% of staff, and also announced the departure of a top executive Tuesday. Reductions were concentrated in operations, marketing and program management functions, Chief Executive Vlad Tenev said in a statement.
A pandemic trading boom — including the meme-stock frenzy that drove up shares of GameStop Corp. and others — fueled the company’s drive to an initial public offering in July 2021. The business quickly slumped, with monthly active users on its app declining and shares cratering.
“I anticipated that what we saw in 2020 and 2021 in terms of market conditions would last longer than it turned out to last, and so that’s on me,” Tenev, 35, said
in a conference call with journalists. “The reality of it was we over-hired, in particular in some of these support functions.”
The move, which follows an earlier head count reduction in April when Robinhood eliminated about 9% of its staff, brings the total number of employees dismissed this year to more than 1,000.
In a separate filing Tuesday, Robinhood said that Chief Product Officer Aparna Chennapragada is leaving the company and that it will close two offices. The company will incur $30 million to $40 million in charges for severance and benefits and $15 million to $20 million tied to the office closures, the filing said.
The company will transition to a model in which general
managers take broad responsibility for parts of the business to get rid of hierarchies, Tenev said.
Tenev, who founded the company in 2013 with Stanford University roommate Baiju Bhatt, told employees that they would receive a Slack message about their status. Those who are losing their jobs can stay with the company until Oct. 1.
Robinhood also reported second-quarter results a day ahead of schedule, saying its net loss for the period was $295 million, or 34 cents a share. Net revenue tumbled 44% from a year earlier to $318 million.
Shares of Robinhood slid 1.5% to $9.09 in extended
trading in New York.