All employees recruited by Tesla must be approved by Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk, according to an email sent to Tesla, which recruits staff in February.
"All business personnel requests have to be approved by Elon," the letter said. "Evidence of such signing is required." The email also suggests that Tesla has introduced higher rental standards.
"We will start a stricter process around requisitions and bids to help manage the number of employees in the business," the letter said, adding that Musk would begin receiving a daily recruitment report.
Tesla declined to comment.
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Tesla has gone through several rounds of redundancies over the past year. The carmaker followed a 9% decline in the workforce in June with a 7% decline in January, and what CNBC reported was an 8% cut in March. (Tesla's representative told Business Insider that the amount of redundancies reported by CNBC is incorrect but did not specify the amount of the cut.) Electrek said on Tuesday that Tesla had fired half of its selection.
Musk suggested in his June employee letter not to have to start a new round of redundancies.
"I also want to emphasize that we are now taking this difficult decision, so we should never have to do that again," Musk said.
The redundancies accompany Tesla's efforts to become consistently profitable while lowering the prices of their vehicles. The carmaker announced its first consecutive profitable quarters in January, though Musk said he did not expect Tesla to be profitable in the first quarter of this year. At the end of February, the carmaker announced the long-awaited price cut of up to $ 35,000 for its 3-sedan model, as well as a reduction in its S and X SUV. Price reductions averaged 6% for all vehicles.
The price cut was partially offset when Tesla said on Sunday it would raise prices for all vehicles by 3%, with the exception of the base version of Model 3 of $ 35,000. or redirect all of its retail outlets to offset online sales and reduce costs.
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