Tesla has the best-selling EV in the world, but that hasn’t made the automaker immune to cost-cutting measures. A recent report describes an internal memo that asked managers to justify their teams’ employment.
According to sources, the managers had to enter a yes or no answer to the query, which came recently. Some employees saw their biannual performance reviews canceled as part of the move, leading many to speculate that job cuts are on the horizon.
CEO Elon Musk has said that Tesla is “between two major growth waves,” or a trough between the Model 3 and Model Y ramping up and the introduction of a new, lower-cost EV in the coming months. Tesla has spent billions on developing the new EV and warned investors that it has reached the bottom of its ability to cut prices on existing models.
The automaker has not been shy about layoffs, though it increased its employee base by around ten percent last year. Employees at its Buffalo facility got the boot early in 2023, at which time the company said it reviews performance every six months, assigning a score of one to five. Musk has also been notoriously pro-work and anti-union, telling employees at X/Twitter that they needed to adopt his “hardcore” work model or leave.
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