Musk has sent emails to Tesla executives advising them to suspend all hiring worldwide and reduce employee numbers by 10%. He has since clarified that the figure will only include salaried workers, while the number of hourly employees will increase. However, this still means that around 3.5 percent of Tesla's workforce is being laid off, an amount he believes is "not supermaterial."
Some of those who found themselves without a job filed a lawsuit against Tesla, alleging that the absence of a 60-day notice period violated federal laws. However, not all those who were let go are upset.
Insider learnt that several Tesla employees had resigned, lauding their time working at the company. One former worker at the autopilot division that recently saw 200 people dismissed and the entire San Mateo, California, office closed wrote: "I felt a great sense of pride to work on a project that marked the beginning of future transportation and a whole sense of pride in knowing we were the first."
An engineer from the same division who was working on the navigation system was equally grateful. They said working on the navigation tools was one of their greatest achievements, adding that they wouldn't trade the experience for anything.
Several other posts praised Tesla and previous colleagues, all of whom expressed their gratitude. "I'm grateful I participated in the Tesla program, learned so many new skills, and I wish all of my former colleagues the best (no matter what)." said one person who joined Tesla in 2016.
Not everyone had such positive things to say about Tesla, though. A former XR developer said there were "a lot of systemic issues at play here."
According to a recent study, many of Elon Musk's employees who returned to the factory found there weren't enough desks or parking spaces at the Fremont, California, facility. The EV giant said its shipments fell 18% in Q2 due to Covid shutdowns in China and supply concerns.
Craig Adderley, left, is a masthead; Martin Geiger, right.