Elon Musk clarifies Tesla headcount only increasing this year after saying cuts would come to salaried employees
Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the company will be boosting headcount over the next year though salaried staff should be “fairly flat.”
Musk tweeted this shortly after a Reuters report on an email he sent late last week laying out that he had a “super bad feeling” about the economy and would need to cut about 10% of salaried staff. The email, which was sent to executives, also instructed them to “pause all hiring worldwide.”
In a separate email, Musk also clarified that "hourly headcount will increase."
"Note, this does not apply to anyone actually building cars, battery packs or installing solar," Musk wrote in the email.
\u201c@WholeMarsBlog Total headcount will increase, but salaried should be fairly flat\u201d— Whole Mars Catalog (@Whole Mars Catalog) 1654367736
Earlier this year, Tesla celebrated the grand opening of its headquarters at Giga Texas and Musk had touted how it’d bring thousands of jobs to Central Texas.
On Friday, President Joe Biden commented on Musk’s consideration of cuts to salaried staff and noted Ford’s investment in the Midwest of adding union employees and building electric vehicles.
“So, you know, lots of luck on his trip to the moon,” Biden said of Musk.
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Elon Musk has placed an order for a new, top-of-the-line private jet: a Gulfstream G700, Austonia has learned. Delivery is expected in early 2023.
Billed as offering “the most spacious cabin in history,” the aircraft seats 19 and soars above the rest of us at up to 51,000 feet. Base price: $78 million.
The Gulfstream G700 was awarded the 2022 International Yacht & Aviation Award for excellence in cabin design this year. (Gulfstream)
According to the Gulfstream website, the G700 can fly up to 7,500 nautical miles without refueling, enough range to fly nonstop from Austin to Hong Kong. Powered by two Rolls-Royce engines, it has its own Wi-Fi system, 20 oval windows measuring 28” x 21”, and two lavatories.
The sweet new ride will replace his current top-of-line private jet: a 2015 Gulfstream G650, the aircraft that has been made somewhat famous by the automated @elonjet Twitter account, which tracks and reports his personal aircraft’s movements using public data.
Landed in Austin, Texas, US. Apx. flt. time 44 Mins. pic.twitter.com/jZ7HI0i4iV
— ElonJet (@ElonJet) June 24, 2022
Musk has repeatedly championed “free speech” as a guiding ethic in his planned purchase of Twitter. Last December, Musk offered the teenager who built the @elonjet tracker $50,000 to shut it down, citing security concerns. It’s still up.
According to the @elonjet account, Musk’s jet last traveled to Austin, where it’s been since June 23. The associated data says that his flight to Austin burned $2,573 worth of aviation fuel and discharged 4 tons of carbon dioxide.
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