Tesla Slashes 600 Jobs in California Amid Broader Layoffs

Major Job Cuts Hit Tesla in California

has announced significant layoffs in , cutting over 600 jobs across its manufacturing and engineering sectors. These job cuts are part of a broader reduction strategy the company has been implementing this year, reports Forbes.

Overview of the Layoffs

Tesla plans to eliminate 601 positions at its facilities in Fremont and Palo Alto. The layoffs include:

  • 378 jobs at the Fremont manufacturing plant.
  • 223 jobs at the engineering headquarters in Palo Alto.

The layoffs will take place over a two-week period starting on June 20, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act notice. The positions being cut include senior-level roles, such as directors for environmental health and safety and user experience design in Fremont, and two directors of technical programs in Palo Alto.

Context and Background

Earlier this year, Tesla announced it would cut 10% of its global workforce, which impacts over 10,000 employees. The company has been reducing its staff across various locations, including California and . Here are some key points:

  • Tesla laid off more than 3,300 employees across California, including positions in Palo Alto and Fremont, less than a month before this announcement.
  • Nearly 2,700 positions at Tesla's gigafactory in Texas were also eliminated.
  • Tesla's Supercharger team was disbanded, affecting about 500 people, though some were rehired earlier this month.

These cuts come amid financial challenges for Tesla, including declining stock prices and missing delivery targets for the first time since 2020.

Historical Layoffs at Tesla

Tesla has a history of workforce reductions:

  • In 2022, Tesla cut about 3.5% of its staff.
  • In 2019, the company laid off 3,000 workers.
  • In 2018, around 9% of Tesla's workforce was cut.

These layoffs are part of Tesla's ongoing efforts to streamline operations and manage costs in response to market conditions and business performance.

EVXL's Take

While job cuts are always challenging for those affected, they can be a necessary step for companies to stay competitive and efficient. For Tesla, these layoffs may be a strategic move to focus on its core business and innovation in the electric vehicle industry. Despite these challenges, Tesla remains a leader in the EV market, pushing forward with advancements in technology and sustainability.

The broader impact on the electric vehicle industry will depend on how Tesla and other companies navigate these turbulent times and continue to drive innovation for a cleaner future.

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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of EVXL.co, where he covers all electric vehicle-related news, covering brands such as Tesla, Ford, GM, BMW, Nissan and others. He fulfills a similar role at the drone news site DroneXL.co. Haye can be reached at haye @ evxl.co or @hayekesteloo.

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