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u/baxter001 · 4 pointsr/LateStageCapitalism


https://web.archive.org/web/20080118173212/http://www.teslafounders.com:80/

STEALTH BLOODBATHJanuary 10, 2008, 6:40 pm
Filed under: General

Okay, I said this blog is not going to be about criticizing Tesla. But I just have to say something about the bloodbath going on over there right now, because it seems to be going largely unreported in the press. Just from the outside, I have seen the following people booted out in the last few days:

 (Names removed for privacy reasons)

  • (writer – owner’s manuals)
  • (VP Manufacturing)
  • (Software development engineer)
  • (firmware development engineer)
  • (lead engineer on Tesla’s motor team; creator of Tesla’s motor)
  • (CIO)
  • (formerly VP of Service & Support, then demoted to Director)
  • (manufacturing engineering manager)
  • (software development engineer)
  • (VP Whitestar)
  • (the original, sassy moderator of the Tesla blog, among her many engineering management jobs)
  • (firmware engineer)
  • (world famous motor expert)
  • (systems engineer, working on service diagnostics procedures)
  • (communications director and published author of Car Hacks for Dummies)

    and also (since my original posting)…

  • (Transmission Team)
  • (Buyer)
  • (Vehicle Development Engineer)
  • (Technical Writer)
  • (Mechanical Engineer)
  • (Motor Team)
  • (Supply Manager)
  • (running all of supply chain)
  • (UK Logistics Manager)
  • (HR)
  • (Web Developer)

    …and many more. Watch to see more fall in the coming weeks; I will add to this list as I hear about more. Some of these folks were let go with NO severance package at all. Others got pathetic severance packages. This is not the way I treat people, that is for sure. Maybe this explains why I got the boot first.

    Here’s how it feels on the inside, in the words of a few anonymous employees and newly-former employees:

    >“As you may have heard, the ax has been steadily chopping away at Tesla. I don’t pretend to understand the choices being made and honestly wouldn’t even be surprised to learn if I was next on the list. At this point, I’m not even sure if that would necessarily be a bad thing.”
    >
    >“The company has changed so tremendously since I started. It’s very secretive and cold now. It’s like they’re trying to root out and destroy any of its heart that might still be beating.”
    >
    >“I came to Tesla with a great deal of optimism to work for a company with a noble purpose that had a real chance to make a difference in the world. That sense of mission and hope generated incredible energy and determination to overcome the many challenges of producing a great EV. This energy has been drained by the cold, irrational bloodletting that has been going on there. Everyone understands necessary, rational cost management actions in startups, but this was neither necessary nor rational. No thought has been given to the immediate and long term impact on the future of Tesla. Entire departments are stumbling around stunned, bleeding, and headless.”
    >
    >“It is a damn shame about Tesla. I once again spent the day dreading the words, ‘Did you hear?’ Today I heard that both Wally Rippel and [REDACTED1] are now gone. I just don’t know what they’re thinking. [REDACTED2] referred to it as a ‘stealth bloodbath.’ It’s next to impossible to concentrate and actually get anything done. And the real insult in my mind is that they have the nerve to host the holiday party this Saturday. It’s going to be more like a wake(!)”
    >
    >“The atmosphere at Tesla Motors has been suffering for the last couple of months as the new management have slowly squeezed the life out of engineering. The way in which the layoff/reduction-in-force/firings have been handled is one almighty clustercabbage. In a stroke of pure genius, the two HR folks were the first to go, leaving nobody to turn out the lights. Only after they left the building did they realize that now there was nobody to write the termination letters. Like I said, pure undiluted genius.”
    “Sadly - and I do mean this - I am not sorry to leave. The culture that Martin and Marc created is gone. The car is nice, but every day in the office was like a visit to the dentist, not knowing what was going to happen next. Enough. I have moved on.”
    “Unfortunately, the company that I used to love has changed drastically. If I were to pin point a critical turning point, it would be the day when you were pushed aside. Until then, it was not so obvious how Tesla Motors was really Martin Eberhard’s company. After you were gone, I think the spirit and the character of the company went with you. It was surprising how quickly it happened. Yes, there were technical and operations delays for sure, but these could have been better managed and, to a certain extent, anticipated since what you have started was a major paradigm shift in the industry. It was well understood that a revolutionary movement always comes with major challenges and costs. What Tesla has now become is a mere profit-loss centric company—and with a poor chance of making even that—unless someone absorbs it for its remaining core value that you have left behind. Tesla lost its true evangelist and the leader..”

    Now, you maybe can argue that there are a lot of necessary changes as the company has grown and scaled. And obviously, transitions are always difficult, even with careful planning. But axing nearly the entire executive staff, letting the world’s foremost EV motor engineer go, trimming down the service organization before the job of opening the first service center is done, ripping through the firmware team – and doing it by random firings on a daily basis – are all hard to explain.

    Is this really the right time for Tesla to be tightening its belt this drastically? Really? Right now, when clean tech investment is THE hot investment field and when Tesla Motors is the poster child of clean tech companies, Tesla should be able to raise as much money as it needs to finish the Roadster and launch Whitestar, even with its current technical difficulties. After all, Tesla has proved its fundamental concept: An EV can be a car that rocks, while also being the greenest machine on the road. Tesla’s difficulties are relatively mundane: get the transmission working (and whatever other bits are still to do) and ship the cars. No show stoppers here!

    Why would they choose not to fully fund the company in this investment environment? Why instead hack and slash the company? One wonders.
u/Alvoski · 3 pointsr/mr2

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0764571427/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1415709378&sr=8-1

Written by a MR2 owner, it covers basics for any car but it is useful if you are new to diy car stuff.

u/deadly-one · 2 pointsr/subaru

> What are some things that I should avoid doing to or with my car?

Serious offroading (like rock-climbing). Also, neutral-drops and ebrake turns. If you get into suspension mods, going too low or too high can lead to various issues.

> What are some performance things I can do to get the biggest bang for my buck?

Good brake pads, fluid, and rotors. There aren't a lot of exhausts (if any) for your car, but you can have a shop make one for you. The 6's sound awesome uncorked--like Porsches! Other users have also mentioned ECU tuning, worth looking into. You can always get into tampering with your suspension too, a few companies should still make springs, shocks, and struts for that chassis.

> How can I make the willow green color look a little cooler?

A good scrub, wax/polish. Also, gunmetal, bronze, or gold wheels make the color stand out a little more.

> What is some general advice or literature I can use to further my knowledge of car care and modification?

Literature for your car: the Technical Service Manual from subaru(downloads are findable on the web.) A Haynes or Chilton's manuals for repair and working on the car are helpful too. Finally, the best book I've read on modding cars is: http://www.amazon.com/Car-Hacks-Mods-For-Dummies/dp/0764571427