Why are Tesla recruiters reaching out to FANG folks when they are laying off 7% of their entire workforce? Who in their right mind will join them?
Why not go out of your way and thoroughly vet internal Tesla folks who were let go?
- Oracle fcuktechu think the 7% are techies... majority of them are from s and x assembly lines and staff hired for delivering car at service centers. Hardly very few from IT if any.
- That’s not entirely true: of course some projects were prioritized, but lay-off we’re across the board. I have many friends managers in the firmware and autopilot org, and I know a few engineers from these orgs that were let go, while the teams are still hiring.
Managers are letting go engineers that are either Low performer and/or unhappy about their job (somehow they do a service to them: >2 months severance and vesting to relax and find a better place)
- In any case, these kind of layoffs are large scale and come from the top: so Elon states a company target of 7% and every org has to match (with some room to negotiate). And inside every org when you have to decide who to let go, it is all about a combination of performance and impact (what is the impact on the project if this person has to go / who else would be impacted or pick up, etc)
- Also, Elon does not trust managers in general, and especially to let go low performer people as much as they “should”. And he is somehow right : because teams are overloaded and understaffed, managers can’t afford to let go low-performers.
Where Elon is wrong, is when he believes that there is a long line of exceptional engineers that are ready to join and be enslaved no matter what. Recruiting at Tesla is really hard.