Twitter expands offices at SF headquarters despite remote work trends

Twitter has expanded its San Francisco headquarters by about 80,000 square feet despite its embrace of remote working, a move that runs counter to dozens of other tech companies that have downsized during the pandemic.

Twitter said it was moving into space at 1355 Market St. previously occupied by Thumbtack, an online services marketplace, which laid off 250 employees at the start of the pandemic. In addition, Twitter renewed its lease for an additional 80,000 square feet.

“The flexibility of our offices is consistent with our real estate and work strategy. Sometimes we can extend our decision to sublet floors, while other times we can take them back to use as our own. This strategy aims to provide us with maximum flexibility for our future real estate needs,” the company said.

The company said it is committed to San Francisco being its biggest hub, though it will allow employees to work from home forever, if they choose.

“We will always have a home in San Francisco and will continue to support our employees based here,” Twitter said.

At the same time, the company is still trying to sublet additional space in the 1 10th St. building, which is adjacent to 1355 Market St. Square footage totals 174,000 square feet after the expiration of the lease from another sub-tenant, compared to 104,850 square feet in 2020. .

Twitter also leased its first office in Oakland during the pandemic.

In November, co-founder Jack Dorsey stepped down as CEO and was replaced by chief technology officer Parag Agrawal. The company’s payroll increased by 33% to reach 7,100 employees worldwide at the end of September 2021 compared to the previous year.

Roland Li is a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected]: @rolandlisf

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