Interesting - at first it didn't strike me as "too big" given the rest of the UI, but then I put 3 chat clients on top of each other to see the difference.
Stride, resizable sidebar, minimum width 240px.
Slack, non-customizable, set width at 222px.
HipChat, resizable sidebar, minimum width 118px.
It's great that the sidebar is resizable - a lower minimum width might help your use case. But because of needing to switch conversations, I can see why the designers might choose to not create a minimized mode. The nature of chat/collaboration tools calls for a lot of room switching. Might be cool to see a room hotbar in the very left panel though! The room icons are already in place :)
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