Leaked email reveals Elon Musk must approve every person Tesla hires

Leaked email reveals Elon Musk must approve every person Tesla hires


  • All employees hired byTeslamust receive CEOElon Musk‘s approval, according to an email sent to Tesla recruiting employees in February.
  • “All headcount requests from the business must get Elon approval,” the email says. “Evidence of this sign off is required.”
  • The email also suggests thatTeslahas introduced higher standards for hiring.
  • Tesla declined to comment.

All employees hired by Tesla must receive CEO Elon Musk’s approval, according to an email sent to Tesla recruiting employees in February.

“All headcount requests from the business must get Elon approval,” the email says. “Evidence of this sign off is required.”

The email also suggests that Tesla has introduced higher standards for hiring.

“We will be instituting a more rigorous process around requisitions and offers to help manage headcount across the business,” the email says, adding that Musk would begin receiving a daily report about recruiting.

Tesla declined to comment.

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Tesla has undergone multiple rounds of layoffs in the past year. The automaker followed a 9% workforce reduction in June witha 7% cutin January and whatCNBCreported wasan 8% layoffin March. (A Tesla representative told Business Insider that the size of the layoff reported by CNBC was incorrect, but did not specify the size of the reduction.)Electrekreported on Tuesday that Tesla has laid off half of its recruiting division.

Musk suggested ina June email to employeesthat the automaker would never again have to initiate another round of layoffs.

“I also want to emphasize that we are making this hard decision now so that we never have to do this again,” Musk said at the time.

The layoffs have accompanied Tesla’s efforts to become consistently profitable while lowering the prices of its vehicles. The automaker reported itsfirst consecutive profitable quartersin January, though Musk has said hedoes not expectTesla to be profitable in the first quarter of this year. At the end of February, the automaker announced along-awaited price cutto $35,000 for its Model 3 sedan as well as price reductions for its Model S sedan and Model X SUV. The price cuts averaged 6% across vehicles.

Theprice reductions were offsetin part when Tesla said on Sunday that it would raise by 3% the prices for all vehicles aside from the $35,000 base version of the Model 3. The price increase accompanied a reversal of the automaker’s decision to close or repurpose all of its retail stores in an effort to shift sales online and cut costs.

Tesla said in aFebruary regulatory filingthat it had 48,817 full-time employees at the end of 2018. A Tesla representative said the automaker had over 40,000 full-time employees, as of the week of March 4.

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