Tesla’s furlough calls begin with delivery and sales taking a hit
You’re here Friday started making its sales and delivery staff available – less experienced workers bearing the brunt of the action – a few days after a company-wide email announced cuts salary and reductions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Several employees, who work in sales and delivery and have spoken to TechCrunch on condition of anonymity, they said they were in communication with companies to explain the leave in more detail. Performance is less important. Instead, experience and position are used to determine who stays and who is put on leave. The delivery and sales advisers who have worked in the company for less than two years will be put on leave, according to sources.
CNBC reported earlier on Friday that leave would affect half Tesla’s deliveries and sales in the United States. TechCrunch could not verify the total number of sales and delivery employees who would be affected.
Holidays also occur just over a week after the end of the quarter, a generally busy period for delivery people trying to achieve lofty internal goals. COVID-19 has hampered delivery efforts, although customers still report deliveries to California, New York, and other states.
The calls are awaited since an internal email sent on April 7 by Tesla human resources manager Valerie Workman informed employees that the company will cut employees’ wages and put others on leave.
It was not known until Friday exactly who could be affected.
The internal email, viewed by TechCrunch, told employees that production in its US factories would be suspended until May 4 at least due to the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing the company to cut costs.
Employees will have a reduced salary between 30% and 10%, depending on their position. The pay cuts are expected to be in effect until the end of the second quarter, according to the email. Salary reductions and holidays will begin on April 13. Employees who cannot work at home and who have not been assigned critical positions on the site will be on leave until May 4, according to the email.