Fired Tesla staff continue to praise the company and Elon Musk

midian182

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In context: Being laid off from a job is a nightmare scenario for most people, but in the case of Tesla, it seems some fired staff hold no anger towards CEO Elon Musk—they're just grateful for the experience of working there.

It's been over a month since Musk sent emails to Tesla executives instructing them to pause all hiring worldwide and cut employee numbers by 10%. He since clarified that the figure represents salaried workers only, while the number of hourly employees will increase. However, this still means around 3.5% of Tesla's total workforce is being laid off, an amount he said is "not super material."

Some of those who found themselves without a job launched a lawsuit against Tesla, claiming the lack of a 60-day notice period violated federal laws. But it appears not all those who have been let go are upset.

Insider discovered several LinkedIn posts from fired Tesla employees praising their time at the company. One former worker at the autopilot division that recently saw 200 people let go and an entire San Mateo, California, office closed wrote: "During the past year and a half, I worked for a company where I genuinely believed in what we were doing. I felt a great sense of pride to work on a project that marks the beginning of future transportation and a full sense of pride in knowing we were the first."

An engineer from the same division working on the navigation system was equally appreciative. They said working on the nav tools was one of their greatest achievements, adding that they wouldn't trade the experience for anything.

Plenty of other posts used similar language, praising both Tesla and former colleagues. "Some of us (the 10%) might be mad or frustrated, but I'm not. I'm thankful I was part of it, got to learn so many new things and I wish all of my former colleagues the best (no matter what)," wrote 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."

In other Tesla news, a recent report claimed that following Elon Musk's demand for all staff to return to the office, many of those who returned to the Fremont, California, plant found there weren't enough desks or parking spaces. The EV giant also revealed that its shipments fell 18% in Q2 due to Covid shutdowns in China and supply issues.

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Endymio

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Some of those who found themselves without a job launched a lawsuit against Tesla, claiming the lack of a 60-day notice period violated federal laws

It does not. Tesla's layoffs are exempt under the federal WARN Act for at least two separate reasons, and, depending on how they structure it, three or more reasons.
 

Goamist

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It's basic knowledge that, when looking for a new job, you don't want to be heard saying negative things about your former employer. Give those "happy" people a free beer and they'll tell you what they really felt like working there.
 

Endymio

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It's just a new level of measurable and pathetic: Praising the employer who fired you…
This must mean you’re fine with an employer who publicly badmouths workers who quit voluntarily. If it’s good for the goose, it must be equally good for the gander, right?
 
It's basic knowledge that, when looking for a new job, you don't want to be heard saying negative things about your former employer. Give those "happy" people a free beer and they'll tell you what they really felt like working there.
This is just emotional intelligence. It’s never good to badmouth a previous employer, spouse or friend in life in general. People who treat all interactions as “learning experiences” and don’t hold grudges, go through life without resentment and are a treat to have as friends and coworkers. In fact if you really did like Tesla and had this attitude while there, you are more likely to be recalled back, or find another job you will like just as much. Nothing is permanent in life. Just accept, learn and move on.