Elon Musk to Fire All Contractors Not “Personally Vouched For”

Rumors are circulating that Tesla CEO Elon Musk has locked contractors out of its facilities this morning and instituted a stringent review of all its current contractors. A review that could see every contractor fired unless they’re personally vouched for by an official Tesla employee. Really.

It’s a move that- if true- reads a bit desperate, I think. And it doesn’t seem to be an exaggeration, either. A leaked internal memo from Musk to his employees states that every contractor at Tesla who doesn’t have an employee personally “putting their reputation on the line for them will be denied access to our facilities and networks on Monday morning.”

You can read that memo for yourself, below. Once you’ve done that, feel free let us me why you think this will help Tesla reach its 5,000 unit/week production goal. Or, explain why you think this is not a sign that Musk has turned a corner away from sanity and become a cartoonish pirate captain attempting to right his sinking ship by grasping at the few straws he can- or why you think he has!- in the comments section at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!

 

    Please note my comment below about contractor companies and consultants. I extended the performance evaluation deadline to provide more opportunity to demonstrate excellence, but now time is up.

    Please send a note to HR before Monday justifying the excellence, necessity and trustworthiness by individual (not just the contractor company as a whole) of every non-Tesla person who has badge access to our buildings or network access to our systems.

    By default, anyone who does not have a Tesla employee putting their reputation on the line for them will be denied access to our facilities and networks on Monday morning. This applies worldwide.

    Time to scrub off the barnacles.

    Thanks, Elon

 

Source | Images: Elektrek, via Green Car Reports; Buzz Fortune.

 

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.