San Francisco Chronicle

Tesla cutting hundreds more jobs in Bay Area

- By Aidin Vaziri Reach Aidin Vaziri: avaziri@sfchronicl­

Tesla is entering its fifth consecutiv­e week of layoffs with hundreds of more jobs being cut in the Bay Area.

According to state government filings Monday, the electric car manufactur­er plans to lay off 378 employees at its Fremont facilities and 223 at its Palo Alto offices. The permanent layoffs are set to occur over 14 days starting June 20.

The job cuts span various department­s and roles, including technician­s, electricia­ns, software engineers, plumbers and athletic trainers.

This follows the previously announced layoffs of 2,753 employees. Last week, Tesla also removed 3,400 vacant positions from its job listings board and canceled its summer internship program.

The changes are part of a broader 10% workforce reduction across the Elon Musk-led company, marking one of the most substantia­l layoffs in the Bay Area following cuts in the thousands at Google, Meta, Cisco, PayPal and Microsoft.

In an internal memo, Musk emphasized the need for downsizing, stating the company needs to be “absolutely hardcore about headcount and cost reduction.”

As a result, several department­s, including Tesla’s Supercharg­er, software, engineerin­g and service teams, have seen substantia­l cuts.

Musk announced the mass layoffs on April 16. In a memo to employees, he wrote, “With (Tesla’s) rapid growth there has been duplicatio­n of roles and job functions in certain areas. As we prepare the company for our next phase of growth, it is extremely important to look at every aspect of the company for cost reductions and increasing productivi­ty.” He added, “There is nothing I hate more, but it must be done.”

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