Wild Ass Rumor of the Day: Fisker in Trouble?
July 14th, 2009 8:30 AM Share
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.
Published July 14th, 2009 8:30 AM
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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?
This letter should be shown in networking seminars. That is one pathetic plea for work.
"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?