‘Felt like the Wolf of Wall Street’: Ex-Tesla worker talks about ‘people crying’ in lobby during layoffs

‘It was a lot like the Wolf of Wall Street’: Former Tesla worker talks about ‘people crying’ in the lobby and says he was ‘immediately surprised’ by being fired despite having only been with the firm for three months.

  • “I remembered the scene from The Wolf of Wall Street when the company is disbanded and everyone is crying,” said the former IT guy.
  • CEO Elon Musk said in June that 10% of employees would be cut, but the company would continue to hire employees on an hourly basis.
  • “I was instantly surprised,” he wrote. “I just assumed that someone else would be fired since I was recently hired.
  • Despite being fired, the former employee said he “really likes” Musk and believes the tech billionaire is “doing good for the world.”

Former Tesla An employee described the day he was fired as very similar to “The Wolf of Wall Street” and said workers were crying in the lobby.

An anonymous former IT employee had been working at an electric vehicle plant in Fremont, Calif., for just three months when the news broke — more than weeks after the CEO Elon Musk told the staff that 10 percent employees will be fired.

“I was reminded of the scene in The Wolf of Wall Street where the company is disbanding and everyone is crying,” he said. business insiderexplaining that there were several red flags on the day he was fired.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk, pictured above, announced in June that layoffs were coming for 10 percent of employees, but also noted that the firm would continue to hire by the hour.

When he arrived at work, he noticed that his boss was already online with his boss before he even logged in; shortly after, his boss came in and left her bags without telling him anything.

Then another colleague told him that another person who worked at Tesla for many years had been fired the day before.

“I then received an email from my supervisor asking if I could join her in the conference room and that we needed to chat for a bit,” he explained in a first-person essay. “I immediately knew that they would let me go.”

He was then brought into a room with his supervisor, who was already on Zoom with another manager and someone from HR.

The former IT professional only worked for three months at the Tesla facility in Fremont, California, pictured above.

The former IT professional only worked for three months at the Tesla facility in Fremont, California, pictured above.

“I was instantly surprised,” he wrote. “I just assumed that someone else would be fired since I was recently hired. Why bother hiring me only to let me go?

When he left the room, someone from the security service was already waiting for him with all his belongings.

“When I got to the lobby, a few people were crying,” he explained to Business Insider.

“The bottom line is that I actually really like Elon Musk – I just wish he would listen more,” the former employee explained.  Model Y cars pictured above during the opening ceremony of the new Tesla Gigafactory in Grünheide, Germany.

“The bottom line is that I actually really like Elon Musk – I just wish he would listen more,” the former employee explained. Model Y cars pictured above during the opening ceremony of the new Tesla Gigafactory in Grünheide, Germany.

“I went outside and saw through the windows of the building that even more people were in conference rooms, holding boxes of tissues and wiping away tears.

“I found out that some of them were colleagues who had work visas, so I don’t know what their situation looks like now.”

By midnight, the company cut off his email access.

The fired IT professional lamented the fact that he went through four interviews just to get hired – pretty standard practice in the highly competitive Silicon Valley job world.

Musk has previously explained that even though employees have been laid off, the company is still hiring hourly workers and that overall headcount will be down by about 3.5 percent.

“The kicker is that I actually really like Elon Musk — I just wish he would listen more,” he explained.

“Many were unhappy with his change in work policy.

“And his goals are really big — I’ve seen employees sleep on couches in factories because they work 12-hour days, four days a week, to achieve their goals. And it’s pretty hard for their body to work like that all day.

“But still, I think the company and Elon Musk are doing good for the world.”