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Automaker Lays Off Detroit Office With Blog Post

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UPDATE: Tesla notifies Detroit workers already-in-the-know they were laid off two days ago...today! In a sign of what this new Financiapocalypse might bring, employees in the Metro Detroit branch of electric car maker Tesla Motors were laid off via a blog post. Yesterday, we reported that Tesla would be cutting back and reorganizing, which included shutting down the office in Rochester Hills, near Detroit. Unfortunately, no one told the employees in Rochester Hills. Some of them logged on to find that they were now, according to their own website, obsolete. But it gets worse. We're hearing that approximately 90 Tesla employees, or 90% of the Detroit office, was simply let go, and the remaining employees have to make their way to the San Carlos headquarters with no moving costs covered, no increase in salary and no help getting rid of their old homes. Fortunately, the real estate market in Detroit is red-hot, and the cost of living is about the same in San Carlos.... right? The relevant section from the Tesla pink slip blog-post-of-death below:

There will also be some headcount reduction due to consolidation of operations. In anticipation of moving vehicle engineering to our new HQ in San Carlos, we are ramping down and will close our Rochester Hills office near Detroit. Good communication, tightly knit engineering and a common company culture are of paramount importance as Tesla grows.

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That's right folks, "good communication" is key. [Photo: James Nielsen/Getty Images]

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Okay. I'm a green-to-the-bone liberal. I love electric cars, Lotus cars, and sporty electric cars like they were made of solid sex appeal. I thought the Tesla was the coming Messiah of Motoring.

I WILL NEVER BUY A TESLA CAR. You hear me, Muskrat? NO FUCKING WAY. Louder! NO FUCKING WAY. If you can't be bothered to give bad news in person, then never ever put yourself in the position to be the one who CREATES the bad news.

I've been laid off before and it ain't pretty, but at least the president of the company had the balls to say it to my face. Two years later the same company hired me back and I was glad to come.

I'd never darken Tesla's door again, not for a Muskrat's ransom. And on the basis of this news, I'll never darken it at all.