Tesla, which had greater than 99,000 workers on the finish of final yr, has moved its headquarters to Austin, Texas, from Palo Alto, Calif., although it nonetheless has a major manufacturing and operational presence in California. SpaceX employs about 12,000 individuals, Mr. Musk mentioned in a current interview.
Nick Bloom, an economics professor at Stanford College, mentioned Mr. Musk’s directives to workers at SpaceX and Tesla had been among the many strictest of tech firms. Many tech firms have as a substitute thought-about hybrid fashions wherein workers can work at home for a part of the time, he mentioned.
Mr. Bloom mentioned he anticipated SpaceX and Tesla to lose about 10 % to twenty % of their present work forces and for recruiters to attempt to poach workers by providing jobs with extra versatile work choices.
Many Tesla and SpaceX workers who work in cutting-edge tech might imagine in Mr. Musk, however there are additionally individuals “who’re in additional widespread actions like I.T., finance, H.R. and payroll,” Mr. Bloom mentioned. “They might say: ‘I’m not designing vehicles. I’m doing the payroll of workers, and I can try this someplace else.’”
Annie Dean, the top of distributed work for Atlassian, an Australian software program firm, known as Mr. Musk’s view “outdated.”
“This mind-set is regressive and reductions the final two years of collaborative, digital-first work,” mentioned Ms. Dean, who was a former head of distant work at Meta, the proprietor of Fb, in an e mail.
Mr. Musk has lengthy been referred to as a demanding boss. At instances, he tried setting an instance for onerous work, taking conferences late into the night time, sending emails in any respect hours and even sleeping on the Tesla manufacturing facility to assist ramp up manufacturing in 2018.