Forget Google, Apple and if you're into pain, Uber.
Tesla is now the most interesting workplace culture in the world. Here's 4 reasons why, my friends:
1--For starters, they've got a founder who is brilliant and unreasonable all at the same time.
You've heard of Elon Musk, so he really doesn't need an introduction. From a unauthorized biography I just read on him....
"When Musk came into the meeting room where I'd been waiting, I noted how impressive it was for so many people to be at work on a Saturday. Must saw the sitaution in a different light, complaining that fewer and fewer people had been working weekends of late, 'We've grown f***ing soft", Musk replied,
'I was just going to send out an email - we're f***ing soft'"
Founders. Always a fun time. There's 100 examples of this stuff in the book.
2--Tesla's under immense pressure to get production of it's newest car model, the Model 3, up to scale. And they are behind. More from Bloomberg:
"Tesla said it built just 260 Model 3 sedans during the third quarter, less than a fifth of its 1,500-unit forecast. The company has offered scant detail about the problems it’s having producing the car. The vehicle’s entry price starts at $35,000, roughly half the cost of Tesla’s least-expensive Model S sedan.
A delayed ramp-up risks the ire of some of the almost half million reservation holders who started paying $1,000 deposits early last year."
3--Tesla's at the intersection of manufacturing and automation with the ramp up of the Model 3 - here's an Instagram post shared by Musk late last week to respond to people reporting that there was limited automation at this point on the Model 3 line (email subscribers click through if you don't see the post below. It's good):
4--Embedded in the founder driven culture is... wait for it.... people being fired after lackluster performance reviews! And the company is saying that's the reason! More from Bloomberg:
Tesla Inc. has fired an undetermined number of employees following a series of performance evaluations after the company significantly boosted its workforce with the purchase of solar panel maker SolarCity Corp.