Tesla Starts Laying Off Autopilot Unit

Tesla has laid off about 200 employees from their Autopilot team and closed an office in San Mateo, California.

Bloomberg reported that multiple affected Tesla employees were annotation specialists, and 150 other employees were transferred to a different office.

Before Tesla started laying off jobs, its office in San Mateo had about 350 employees.

Tesla has recently laid off some employees who had only started their jobs months or weeks prior and also withdrawn job offers.

Business Insider reported that an unnamed senior employee from Tesla told them he was shocked when he was told that he was being let go.

“I was very shocked when I was told that I was being let go. Being a manager, I was under the impression that my position was safe,” the senior employee said.

Mansi Chandresha, a data analyst who started working at Tesla in February this year, said on LinkedIn that she was urgently looking for a new role before her student visa expires at the end of July.

“I have been trying to gather myself to the news that my position with Tesla was terminated and wanted to take a few days to organize my thoughts before posting. Though it was a short journey that came to an unexpected end, I am grateful for the fact that I got an opportunity to work with fantastic team members who are truly passionate about innovation and Tesla’s mission,” Chandresha said.

Tesla’s shares fell 3.8% at 9 AM on Wednesday in New York, and their stock plunged 34% this year through Tuesday, compared with a 20% decline in the SP 500 Index.

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