At the beginning of the month, Tesla announced that it would be cutting 10 percent of its workforce due to CEO Elon Musk’s “bad feeling” about the economy, Tesla’s job slash is in full swing. According to Insider, many newer employees — including workers who had not even begun their newly-accepted positions just yet are being a victim of the mass layoffs.
“Damn, talk about a gut punch,” wrote Iain Abshier, a brand-new Tesla recruiter, in a LinkedIn post last week. “Friday afternoon I was included in the Tesla layoffs after just two weeks of work.”
It cannot be ignored that these layoffs were introduced after the recall investigation into Tesla’s controversial Autopilot technology. Moreover, there have been reports of widespread braking issues and the CEO’s recent lament over supply chain issues — leaving Tesla’s long-term viability more confusing than it’s been in years, with the brunt of the consequences coming down on the company’s labor force.
Data analyst Mansi Chandresha, who had started at Tesla in February, explained in another LinkedIn post that if she’s unable to find a new job within the month, her student visa will expire.
Another blindsided employee told Insider that Tesla also declined to share firing metrics.
“They said that layoffs were based on performance reviews but that is not true in my opinion because I had only been at Tesla for a few months and had yet to have performance goals set or a performance review,” alleged the now-former manager. “I asked what metrics they used, and they refused to tell me.”
Two former employees, both workers at Tesla’s Nevada Gigafactory, have even filed a suit against the company, claiming that their sudden terminations violated federal law. Musk described the case as a “small lawsuit of minor consequence.”
In an email obtained by CNBC last week, Musk also commented that these layoffs, which he says will only decrease the Tesla’s overall workforce by around 3.5 percent, are “not super material.” We’re sure those who have unexpectedly found themselves jobless, however, have different feelings about that.