Wild Ass Rumor of the Day: Fisker in Trouble?

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago

I’ve just received this email from a reputable member of our Best and Brightest. I will attempt to contact Fisker today for the official take.

Date: 7/13/2009
Subject: XXXX Company Inquiry

Is XXXX [name of my company] looking for any program manager or engineering help? The Fisker Hybrid project is in deep financial trouble and I was let go last week. I’ve had enough of automotive and would really like to break into another industry. If you know of anything please pass it along or I can forward a resume.

[name withheld]

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  • Commando1 Commando1 on Jul 14, 2009
    "DETROIT, July 8 (Reuters) - Quantum Fuel Systems (QTWW.O) said on Wednesday it has signed a $10.2 million contract to support development of plug-in hybrid powertrains for Fisker Automotive" Seems as if bidnizz is as susual....
  • Anonymous Anonymous on Jul 14, 2009

    Would you hire someone based on such an inquiry? I can't say that I would. If they are willing to be that blunt about their prior employer, what will they tell others about you? Also, "let go" is rather a vague statement. Was this person laid off because of money problems at Fisker or was this person let go for other reasons and using the financial reason as a cover for being axed for something else?

  • Billy Bobb 2 Billy Bobb 2 on Jul 14, 2009

    This letter should be shown in networking seminars. That is one pathetic plea for work.

  • USAFMech USAFMech on Jul 14, 2009

    "If the business doesn’t actually do any of the doing, isn’t it a bank?" It is a little gray there. I think that we're used to the auto companies being true "manufacturers". That definition does not fit Fisker Automotive. One the one hand, they really only do the design and marketing. On the other hand, they are certainly the defacto manufacturer as they set all of the parameters for the design, pay the suppliers and sell the product. Fisker Automotive is only outsourced more than a traditional auto company by a few degrees. How much of a GM is GM? Isn't it a Denso/Lear/Magna/Johnson Controls/etc almost as much as Fisker?