He fired Twitter’s CEO, Chief Financial Officer and other executives. His vision for the company included a much smaller workforce, so mass layoffs began. About 3,700 people were let go, about half of the company’s employees.
Many workers on Twitter have discovered that their jobs have gone unofficial. Some were simply unable to log into their laptops while others received the news that their Slack accounts had been locked.
Then, on November 16, Musk continued the purge by delivering an ultimatum to the Twitter staff. Email all employees and tell them to expect “long hours at high intensity” and to agree to these terms. If they do not agree, they must receive three months of dismissal, as they have been told.
“Going forward, to build Twitter 2.0 penetration and succeed in an increasingly competitive world, we’ll need to be very, very tough,” Musk wrote in the email. “This will mean working long hours at high intensity. Only exceptional performance will constitute a passing score,” the billionaire wrote.
He continued, “If you are sure you would like to be part of the new Twitter, please click yes on the link below.” “Anyone who does not do so by 5 p.m. ET tomorrow (Thursday) will receive three months’ severance pay.”
Musk’s management style is undeniably aggressive and, to some observers, short-sighted and mean-spirited.
It is with that background that the 2018 Employee Review at Tesla has now appeared.
An ugly part of Tesla’s culture
The survey, which was referenced in early November in a lawsuit filed by a Tesla shareholder over Musk’s $50 billion salary package, showed employees had formally filed complaints about culture and leadership at the company.
“Tesla are incredibly talented, fiercely driven people who truly believe in the company’s vision and continue to hope for its success,” wrote one of the workers in the survey revealed by Insider. “Elon is a technical leader of the first order, yet he is widely viewed as an unapproachable tyrant who devalues employee contributions, and may fire them on a whim… We treat people, the basic unit of a company, like any other expendable resource.” “.
Insider reported that the worker added that Tesla “failed to distinguish between technical leadership and people leadership,” calling this “an ugly part of Tesla culture.”
The survey also revealed the results of employee preference ratings in response to a number of questions. The weakest preferences were in the areas of compensation and trust in Musk and his executive team to balance employee interests with those of the company.
Tesla is a highly toxic environment
The employee survey revealed a number of additional comments expressing concern. These include:
- “Elon needs to take over the position he assigned the team to. He and JB need to take that on their own shoulders. They need to immediately stop firing everyone who reports to them and remove any threats from their way of doing business. I feel like at any time, me or anyone will be fired.” around me, and I don’t plan to stay any longer in that highly toxic environment.”
- “…blaming lower-level engineers by Elon and the exec team without having any accountability to poor level design review, unrealistically based scheduling, and inadequate resource allocation has led to the loss of all faith in Elon as the leader of this company.”
- “…enabling people not to be bullied by Elon into making unrealistic commitments.”
- “I think more needs to be done in the culture here at Tesla. I know that work is very important and we all need to work hard, but we also need outlets to express and enjoy ourselves on a more personal level… There is also a little communication from Elon Musk and the executive team… I think it’s important [they] Communicate with the company from time to time with exciting updates so we can feel more of a sense of community.”