By on June 14, 2018

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This shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone who’s ever used Twitter — or engaged with hardcore Tesla fans. What’s good for the automaker is apparently also good for its employees, even if they’re among the roughly 3,000 workers laid off this week as the company seeks profitability through restructuring.

Some employees are saying it’s a good thing Tesla gave them the heave-ho.

While there’s definitely a contingent that feels differently among the unlucky 9 percent of Tesla’s workforce, the fervent belief in Tesla-as-our-saviour means many took to Twitter to thank CEO Elon Musk for the opportunity to work for him. No flaming bag of dog shit on the front porch from this crowd.

“I was laid off from Tesla yesterday and although it hurts (a lot!), it is the right thing for the company,” said Twitter user @seekevinrun in response to Musk’s layoff announcement. “I don’t regret giving all I had and in a way bidding adieu is my last contribution. I’ll be cheering Tesla on knowing I did my part. Thanks for the years of memories!”

Bloomberg identified that user as now-former Tesla sales manager Kevin Throop, who told the publication, “People need to know that we need Tesla to succeed. It’s the front lines in the fight against climate change.”

Here’s another example. Note the word “mission.”

Despite the fact that many automakers offer electric cars, many of them cheaper and easier to source than a Tesla (the base $35,000 Model 3 isn’t expected to be built in large numbers until early 2019), Tesla devotees continue to believe that only a pure, untainted automaker like Musk’s can save the world. For many fans, purity trumps practicality (and maybe even reality) when it comes to electric cars.

Perhaps it’s a shallow status thing they can’t bring themselves to admit, but a Chevrolet Bolt or Nissan Leaf (or, heaven forbid, a Hyundai Ioniq) apparently won’t suffice. It often comes down to a “why have the rest when you can have the best?” argument, as if Mother Earth cares about the ability to adjust your dash vents via a touchscreen.

This level of devotion to one automaker and one man, Gene Munster of venture capital firm Loup Ventures told Bloomberg, is unheard of.

“The people thanking Elon for the opportunity to work there are authentic. It’s unprecedented,” he said. “One of Tesla’s secret weapons is the shared vision of clean energy, as well as how much people believe in Elon Musk and his leadership. It’s a unique asset for Tesla.”

If you need more proof of Tesla’s irritating disciples, the author of the Bloomberg piece, Dana Hull, was taken to task on Twitter for using the word “fired” in relation to the 3,000 job losses. What followed was a thread where two users, both investors, argued the author didn’t know the English language and will probably end up in the hospital as a result of “karma.”

Lovely.

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45 Comments on “Thanks for the Pink Slip, Elon!...”


  • avatar
    Sub-600

    Musk fanbois are like the inhabitants of Beta III, who yield to the whims of their unseen ruler, Landru. “It is good that I was terminated, for it is the will of Elon”.

  • avatar
    Vulpine

    Since I can’t just click on a button to receive followup comments without making one of my own (the way we used to) then this is my comment, because I want to see what others have to say.

  • avatar
    Chocolatedeath

    I for one truly hope that these people that lost their jobs find careers after this that are just as fulfilling. The problem is if they don’t I fear quite a bit of depression will set in for some of these people even after to have found employment.

    but to be honest I just can’t see them getting the same amount of high-level satisfaction from another job.

  • avatar
    Fred

    Maybe they should check the water cooler and coffee macines for substance abuse. Either that Musk gives some great pep talks.

  • avatar
    danio3834

    Not terribly surprising as sales managers frequently OD on the kool aid. Repeat anything enough times and it becomes gospel.

    • 0 avatar
      mike978

      I would expect some are saying nice things in the hope of being rehired in the future.

      • 0 avatar
        danio3834

        Likely. I’ve left lots of jobs on good terms, both because I decided to go and because the company had to let me go, but I wouldn’t dream of professing my never ending devotion on social media after being terminated. Make’s this guy look like a real sh1t eater.

        • 0 avatar
          tnk479

          Corporations are absolutely filled with sh1t eaters. It’s a lot easier to be fake and kiss bottoms than it is to have actual talent and skill, so, this should surprise no one.

    • 0 avatar
      golden2husky

      …Repeat anything enough times and it becomes gospel…

      I believe a certain person in a white colored house feels the same way…

  • avatar
    BoogerROTN

    I really the hope positive departure vibes are legit…the last thing Tesla needs right now is disgruntled ex-employees with flamethrowers.

  • avatar
    Dilrod

    They are being smart. Don’t tell your ex-boss to shove it until the day you retire.

    • 0 avatar
      thegamper

      This.

      Don’t burn bridges. If Tesla takes off they will need staff. Now, we will see how many insider accounts of Tesla problems surface in the next few weeks. Put on a happy face in public and stab them in the back as “an anonymous source close to the situation”.

      • 0 avatar
        mikedt

        Not burning bridges is one thing, but is this what’s expected in the social media age – going online and thanking your employer for being laid off? I’m glad I’m on my last job, I can’t brown nose like that.

  • avatar
    Carroll Prescott

    I don’t understand Social Media as the friends I have are the ones who come over for dinner and the family is accessible at all times by … a phone.

    So happy I am Twit and Fakebook free.

    • 0 avatar
      Fred

      In defense of social media, I use it to keep up friends and family who live too far to visit. I also follow some local groups to keep track of the neighborhood, fires and local politics. Any thing else comes from sites like this one.

      • 0 avatar
        sgeffe

        I only check Facebook every couple weeks, if that. I rarely Tweet, and I’ve got Instagram and a couple of the other apps on my phone and Windows 10 computer, just because stuff looks better in the native app versus the Web site.

        My “anti-Millennial” Millennial-aged boss looks at Facebook but doesn’t participate much, doesn’t have a Twitter account, and his wife is pretty much the same (except she uses the Facebook stuff for her wedding photography business). They’re raising their two daughters in the same vein. Both have the phones next to them during waking hours, but unlike a lot of folks, their lives aren’t consumed by them. (Unlike another friend, and colleague’s, ex, who is the very picture of social-media narcissist.)

  • avatar
    Land Ark

    Granted these are just 2 examples of people not being vengeful after being terminated so not a very convincing sample size, but I would think they know they have an easy path to future employment (if they need it). It’s not like they just got fired from the only Walmart in their tiny Midwestern town. People will likely be happy to hire them.

    Where I work I would love to get someone talented who is willing to put in the hours every day and who will take pride in their work as someone I expect needs to in order to even get in the door at Tesla.

  • avatar
    indi500fan

    Just think how much the earth will be saved by these folks not driving back and forth to work each day!

    • 0 avatar
      brettc

      They never contributed any fossil fuel emissions from their amazing Tesla anyway.

      The power from the charge port outlet was all generated by their local renewable energy provider. And no diesel equipment without a DEF tank was ever used to build the facility for the local renewable energy provider.

  • avatar

    It is time again for Musk to put on his space suit and head to Mars.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    As someone who was laid off once (from a startup, unlike Tesla), I understand the positive perspective.

    Unemployment was hard – especially with a large family, young kids, and bills to pay – and mine lasted 8 months. As an experienced engineer, another proper job was hard to come by in 2003 as the dot.bomb era was happening.

    But I really liked the work I was doing, and the people I worked with (many of whom also got whacked along with me), and the company CEO. I would work for him again if I could, and a few of my former coworkers did just that.

  • avatar

    We are also forgetting that some of these people, just maybe, might have been given an green paper incentive to put out some positive PR during a negative media storm about firing people.

    • 0 avatar
      tinbad

      I highly doubt they would need to, just like Apple and Jobs, Tesla (and Musk) have done an exceptional job getting followers who would go beyond whats expected from employees. Only very few companies manage to do that and that’s why it may be hard to believe.

      • 0 avatar
        JMII

        +1

        Chances are these people worked at Tesla because they believed in the product and their leader. Nothing wrong with that. It sure beats the opposite which occurs at most companies where the employees are (like in Office Space) working just hard enough to keep from being fired.

        I was fired from a company that I still recommend to others. They had an excellent product. I fully understand (both then and now) that I was just line item on a spreadsheet. Someone ran the numbers and decided my entire department could be out sourced. Honestly I believe it was money laundering scam… it just happened that I was on the wrong end of the deal.

  • avatar
    incautious

    makes me want to puke.

  • avatar
    notwhoithink

    When I was young I was a little idealistic, too. I believed that if I worked hard and took care of the company then they would take care of me. I actually did work at a company that had that ethos, once. And then they were acquired by a soulless multi-billion dollar company and all of that went out the window.

    Ultimately you have to look out for yourself. As benevolent as your employer may seem, ultimately they have to answer to the investors/shareholders. If it comes down to a choice between “doing right by their workers” and “doing right by their shareholders” the workers are going to lose out every time. Once you come to realize this it makes it a lot easier to look out for yourself instead of pouring your heart and soul into your employer. Put all of your effort into your career, not your employer. Do things that raise your value, and let your employers rent that value for a few years at a time.

    • 0 avatar
      dejal1

      The best/worst? example is professional sports.

      The player is supposed to get bent for the good of the team yet the team has no issues dumping the player when too old or too expensive.

      Bronson Arroyo (retired major league pitcher) took a home town discount with the Red Sox. Could have made a bit more as a free agent. His agent said don’t take the deal. He loved playing for the Red Sox, he took the deal. He was traded during spring training to the Reds only months after the deal was signed.

  • avatar
    don1967

    The fact that laid-off Tesla employees see themselves as martyrs for a greater cause is just another example of global warming religious fervor.

    From Al Gore’s godlike holographic stage appearances to David Suzuki’s calls to incarcerate “denier” politicians, we are living in goofy times.

    • 0 avatar
      Sub-600

      I agree, these terminated Tesla toilers are climate believing cucks. With each year that passes, it becomes more apparent what a dog & pony show Al Gore’s Vault was. When the standard bearer for your cause is known as “The Science Guy”, you may want to take pause and refresh.

      • 0 avatar
        golden2husky

        Except that the data shows differently. Critical thinking is a great skill.

        • 0 avatar

          The data itself is flawed as it is based on flawed models. I wish I could recall the name of the woman who published a study on climate models. It’s available to read and view online which I did. A bit technical, but worth the time to read. If I can recall her name and the papers title I’ll post if folks are interested.

    • 0 avatar
      brandloyalty

      The global insurance industry, the US military, the Pope and now the ceo of Suncor (largest operator in Canada’s oilsands) all agree that human-caused global warming is real and a serious problem. Oh, and a few scientists and advocates also. What do these people have in common?

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    Tesla = Scientology

    Musk is the reincarnation of L. Ron Hubbard (it’s not Stan from South Park, after all).

    John Travolta, Tom Cruise & R. Kelly are still in that closet.

  • avatar
    markf

    “…sales manager Kevin Throop, who told the publication, “People need to know that we need Tesla to succeed. It’s the front lines in the fight against climate change.”

    Cult indeed. Seems Kevin belongs to 2 cults….

    • 0 avatar
      golden2husky

      Science>Opinion

      • 0 avatar
        markf

        Science>Politics

        The “settled” science that in the 70’s warned of the coming Ice Age, switched to Global Warming 15 years later. Then no warming occurred so switched to that catch all “Climate Change” So now if ANYTHING in the weather changes it’s “Climate Change” Funny how Global Warming has been erased, you might excommunicated from the cult

  • avatar

    I do not understand all that sarcasm – it is like bunch of losers talking. First it is highly unprofessional to bad mouth your previous employer just because you position was terminated during restructuring. It was business decision nothing personal. I would thank Elon too (or whoever was the hiring manager) for giving me that great opportunity to be the part of history in making and even paying me compensation for that! Having Tesla’s name in resume is the greatest asset you can ever dream of as engineer. It will open all doors for you. Being Tesla alumni is like, for lawyer, graduating from one of the top elite schools in USA. I do not think though that most of you not being from Silicon Valley are able to grasp that.

    • 0 avatar
      dantes_inferno

      >It will open all doors for you. Being Tesla alumni is like, for lawyer, graduating from one of the top elite schools in USA. I do not think though that most of you not being from Silicon Valley are able to grasp that.

      Yes… keep telling yourself that… it will make you feel better and help you approach your state of catharsis…

      There’s definitely some sort of substance flowing in the liberal waters of California..

    • 0 avatar
      jkross22

      “Having Tesla’s name in resume is the greatest asset you can ever dream of as engineer. ”

      Except maybe the engineers in quality control. Or the engineer team responsible for the door handle failures.

      As with engineers from any auto company, the hiring company has to do its homework. Sure, you might be hiring the GM engineer that developed Volt battery integration… or you might be hiring the one that designed ignition switch integration.

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