Binance Cuts Employee Benefits Due To Profit Decline, Contradicting CZ Again

In response to a decrease in profitability, Binance recently made significant adjustments to its employee benefits, signaling the financial challenges faced by the prominent cryptocurrency giant.

Former employees and an internal message from Binance’s messenger, reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, confirmed that the company discontinued certain benefits, effective from June 19. These changes included the discontinuation of mobile-phone reimbursement, fitness reimbursement, work-from-home expenses, and other similar items.

The message attributed these adjustments to the current market conditions and regulatory landscape, which have unfortunately resulted in a decline in profit. It further emphasized the need for cautious spending and hinted at potential future cost-cutting measures.

“Considering the current market environment and regulatory climate that has unfortunately led to a decline in profit, we have to be more prudent with our spending,” read the message, as The Wall Street Journal reported.

In recent weeks, Binance has already downsized its workforce by more than 1,000 employees, with plans for further reductions. Additional customer-service staff were also let go last week, according to statements from former employees.

Despite these developments, Binance’s founder and CEO, Changpeng Zhao, reassured staff during a company meeting held on Binance’s sixth anniversary that the company remained profitable and unaffected by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) lawsuit.

However, he acknowledged the possibility of future layoffs occurring every three to six months, casting uncertainty on the reinstatement of benefits.

A Binance spokesperson stated that the company is currently reviewing various products, business units, staff benefits, and policies to ensure proper allocation of resources that align with user and regulatory demands. The financial impact of lawsuits filed by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the SEC against Binance has significantly affected the company’s bottom line. These agencies allege that Binance conducted illegal operations in the United States, causing executives to be cautious about the company’s future, as an ongoing investigation by the Justice Department continues.

Despite these challenges, Binance has expressed its commitment to defend its platform, fight the charges in court, and maintain its operations.

In a recent tweet, Zhao explained that the workforce reduction was part of an initiative to increase talent density, disputing the accuracy of the reported figures but refraining from providing an exact number.

“We thank all of our ex-team members for their contributions to our growth and wish them all the best. We also congratulate our team members who have grown into these new roles. They are all truly high caliber. We continue to BUILD, and to continue to hire,” he said.

According to documents reviewed by the Journal, some of the employees laid off last week received termination agreements offering two months’ salary in BNB, Binance’s native token, as a gesture of goodwill. In the United States, some employees received severance pay in dollars for signing the agreement.

Employees who signed the termination agreement were bound to confidentiality regarding its terms, relinquished any claims against the company, and agreed not to make negative statements about Binance. The Binance spokesperson stated that these clauses were standard in any termination agreement.

Binance, as the largest cryptocurrency exchange in terms of trading volume, had a global workforce of 8,000 earlier this year and continued to hire despite the collapse of various digital-asset firms, including its rival exchange FTX.

Information for this briefing was found via The Wall Street Journal and the sources mentioned. The author has no securities or affiliations related to this organization. Not a recommendation to buy or sell. Always do additional research and consult a professional before purchasing a security. The author holds no licenses.

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