is reportedly planning more layoffs and another hiring freeze. According to an source, the company has halted hiring for the time being and teams will need to lay some people off in the first quarter of 2023.
The extent of the layoffs and hiring freeze are not yet clear. However, Tesla is trying to increase headcount at its manufacturing plants. Reports have the company will announce plans to build another Gigafactory in Mexico in the coming days. Tesla does not have a communications department that can be reached for comment.
The automaker’s CEO Elon Musk said in June that Tesla would see a 3.5 percent net reduction in headcount over the subsequent few months. A round of layoffs around that time reportedly focused on salaried employees, including hundreds of workers .
Like other businesses, Tesla has been dealing with an economic slowdown over the last several months. However, it has had to contend with the added wrinkle of Musk’s protracted takeover of Twitter, then his chaotic day-to-day management of that company (which included mass layoffs).
Some Tesla investors have been by Musk getting preoccupied by Twitter and pulling his attention further away from the automaker, leading them to sell off their stock. He said on Tuesday evening once he can find someone to replace him.
There are suggestions that demand for Tesla vehicles has slowed, with some people amid Musk’s calamitous Twitter reign. As Electrek notes, Tesla has even taken the rare step of offering discounts on its EVs in some markets.