Shanghai (Gasgoo)- Shortly after a personnel adjustment and a substantial layoff in this month, rumors has it that Tesla has started its campus recruitment in China on the evening of October 24. The total number of recruitment positions reaches nearly 500.
Reporters asked relative people from Tesla China about the matter, but got no response. However, reporters learned that these recruitment positions cover eight categories, including product salesperson, delivery experience specialist, pre-sales consultants and so on.
It is noteworthy that recruitment positions are mainly about sales and maintenance, and that they do not cover the specific design and manufacturing categories. Relevant people explained that this is precisely because Tesla’s plan of investing in China to build a factory has not really landed. The plan is still in the discussion stage, so they do not recruit people for the factory in this campus recruitment.
Analysts who do not want to be named in an interview said that 500 is actually not a large number and that it should not be over-interpreted. For foreign companies, recruitment of 500 people is very normal. And this is not the first time for Tesla to carry out large-scale campus recruitment in China. In October last year, Tesla hosted campus talk in a number of universities, and the recruitment positions at that time were 100. At the same time he believes that Tesla would encounter many restrictions and challenges in Chinese market in the future. Seen from the product sales alone, on one hand, Tesla’s prices are high; on the other hand, Tesla does not receive subsidy from the government.
In large contrast with the large-scale campus recruitment in China, it is the news of Tesla’s substantial layoffs in this month.
Tesla began to fire hundreds of people in the middle of this month. Engineers, factory workers, and supervisors in various departments who are fired accounted for 2% of the total number of employees. The latest news shows that the layoffs are likely to reach more than 700 people. In this regard, Tesla’s official response is that the layoffs are the results of the staff performance appraisal.
Insiders told reporters that Chinese market is very important to Tesla. Both the campus recruitment and the construction plan indicate that Tesla is constantly exploiting its potential in the Chinese market.
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