Workforce Turmoil Continues at Tesla with Fourth Week of Layoffs Announced

By: Georgia | Published: May 07, 2024

For the fourth consecutive week, Tesla has issued layoff notices, with employees receiving the unsettling news over the weekend. 

It’s another round in a series that’s leaving Tesla teams noticeably thinner.

The Email No One Wants

Business Insider reports that a Tesla employee shared their experience on LinkedIn, revealing the dreaded “Hello Employee” email that marked their turn for the layoffs.

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The email was a Sunday afternoon shocker that’s become all too common at the company.

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The Layoff Countdown Begins

One worker’s layoff notice even came with a final workday of May 5, shared via a screenshot on LinkedIn.

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The tangible dates add a stark reality to the rumors of cuts that have been circulating.

Tesla's Silent Treatment?

As the layoff storm continues, Tesla has yet to make a formal comment.

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Requests for a statement from the company remain unanswered, adding to the tension among the workforce.

The Wait for Closure

A Tesla employee expressed the collective sentiment of the workforce, hoping for a sign from Elon Musk that the wave of layoffs might be ending soon.

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The need for some assurance or closure is palpable among the staff.

The Ripple Effect of Musk’s Announcement

Since Elon Musk announced a more than 10% cut in Tesla’s workforce on April 14, citing “duplication of roles,” employees have been on a rollercoaster.

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They have been receiving layoff notices in waves, often with little warning.

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Unexpected Goodbyes

The aftermath of the layoffs has been chaotic.

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Some employees reportedly found out about their job status only when they failed to badge into Tesla facilities, a rude awakening to their new reality.

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Layoffs Across the Board

From marketing to supercharging teams, no department has been safe.

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Tesla’s sweeping job cuts have even reached the recruiters who once helped build the team.

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Musk’s Call for a Lean Team

Elon Musk has been clear about the need for a leaner operation.

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He reportedly told executives last week that Tesla must be “absolutely hardcore about headcount,” indicating a no-nonsense approach to the company’s restructuring.

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Executive Exodus

Amidst the internal cuts, Tesla has also seen a significant turnover among its executives.

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Business Insider reports that two senior figures resigned recently, signaling major shifts at the top levels of Tesla’s leadership.

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The Financial Shuffle

Tesla’s strategy also includes price cuts across models. 

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This move comes as the company grapples with increasing competition and slowing sales.

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A Tough Time for Tesla

As Tesla confronts a dip in demand for its vehicles, evidenced by disappointing delivery numbers in April, the pressure only mounts.

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With ongoing layoffs and a reshuffling of leadership, the company faces critical challenges ahead.

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