Tesla, which had greater than 99,000 staff on the finish of final yr, has moved its headquarters to Austin, Texas, from Palo Alto, Calif., although it nonetheless has a major manufacturing and operational presence in California. SpaceX employs about 12,000 folks, Mr. Musk stated in a current interview.
Nick Bloom, an economics professor at Stanford College, stated Mr. Musk’s directives to staff at SpaceX and Tesla had been among the many strictest of tech firms. Many tech firms have as a substitute thought of hybrid fashions through which staff can work at home for a part of the time, he stated.
Mr. Bloom stated he anticipated SpaceX and Tesla to lose about 10 p.c to twenty p.c of their present work forces and for recruiters to attempt to poach staff by providing jobs with extra versatile work choices.
Many Tesla and SpaceX staff who work in cutting-edge tech could imagine in Mr. Musk, however there are additionally folks “who’re in additional frequent actions like I.T., finance, H.R. and payroll,” Mr. Bloom stated. “They could say: ‘I’m not designing automobiles. I’m doing the payroll of staff, and I can try this some other place.’”
Annie Dean, the pinnacle of distributed work for Atlassian, an Australian software program firm, referred to as Mr. Musk’s view “outdated.”
“This mind-set is regressive and reductions the final two years of collaborative, digital-first work,” stated Ms. Dean, who was a former head of distant work at Meta, the proprietor of Fb, in an e-mail.
Mr. Musk has lengthy been generally known as a demanding boss. At occasions, he tried setting an instance for arduous work, taking conferences late into the night time, sending emails in any respect hours and even sleeping on the Tesla manufacturing facility to assist ramp up manufacturing in 2018.