TikTok is reportedly forcing employees to work 12 hours a day, six days a week

A former TikTok executive claimed that managers forced employees to work 12-hour days, six days a week.

Pabel Martinez, who made $220,000 a year from the hugely popular video-sharing app, claimed according to Business Insider that managers at TikTok often ask employees to attend meetings on weekends in addition to work hours.

Martinez, who said he previously worked at Facebook’s parent company Meta for three years, said he quit earlier this year after joining the Chinese-owned company last February, according to the report.

“I think the culture of working too much or not having that much work-life balance permeates the entire organization and it’s often encouraged to work ‘after hours’,” he told Insiders. “The 996 policy is notorious.”

The numbers “996” refer to business practices in China, where workers are scheduled to start at 9:00 a.m. and finish at 9:00 p.m., six days a week.

Late last year, TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, reduced hours, telling employees to expect to check in by 10am and be ready by 7pm. The working week would be limited to Monday through Friday.

However, employees reported that they still had to schedule meetings at odd times due to the time difference between the company’s US operations and its Beijing headquarters.

Pabel Martinez said that TikTok forces employees to attend meetings on weekends.
Pabel Martinez said that TikTok forces employees to attend meetings on weekends.
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Martinez said that when he objected to having to attend meetings on Saturdays and Sundays, he was told, “That’s not how we do business around here.”

He said he was also reprimanded when he publicly shared his $220,000 annual salary on LinkedIn as part of Latina Equal Pay Day.

Martinez said he feels pressured by strict bi-monthly revenue and growth targets and 360-degree performance reviews.

“I was made to feel like I was never doing enough,” Martinez told Insider. “On TikTok, no conversation started with ‘How are you?’ It was like, ‘How’s the revenue? What are we doing to drive more growth?’”

Martinez said that TikTok has embraced the
Martinez said that TikTok has embraced the “996” culture of working 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., six days a week.
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TikTok did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Post.

TikTok told Insider that it has tried to foster a “culture of transparency and feedback” through surveys of employees. The company also said it needs to coordinate meetings across different time zones because it is a global company.

TikTok said it is working to hire more localized staff who can work more autonomously, thus avoiding the need for meetings at unusual times.

The company also said it was offering generous parental leave and on certain days it did not institute meetings during working hours.

“Our focus is on building and nurturing a team capable of supporting our growing global community,” a TikTok spokesperson told Insider.

“We foster a culture of transparency and feedback and remain committed to building an equitable platform and business that enables both our community and our employees to thrive.” TikTok is reportedly forcing employees to work 12 hours a day, six days a week


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