The CEO is well known for outsized claims and ambitious objective. But innumerable factory worker say he doesnt follow through and that his leader gives a troubling tone
Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla, had emailed his entire staff next following the May 2017 publishings of separate investigations by the Guardian and a workplace security party evidencing high injury rates at the company’s northern California electric car factory.
” No words can express how much I care about your safety and wellbeing ,” Musk wrote.” Proceeding forwards, I’ve asked that every hurt be reported immediately to me, without exception. I’m meeting with the safety team every week and would like to meet every injured person as soon as they are well, so that I can understand from them exactly what we need to do to make it better. I will then go down to the production line and perform the same enterprise that they play-act .”
Musk, an accountability Houdini, had turned the facts of the case that some of his employees were addressed with life-changing injuries into brightening press about his leadership. If only his promises were true.
” He didn’t meet with me ,” said Richard Ortiz, a former Tesla factory worker who was injured at work in July 2017.
” That’s PR; that’s bologna ,” said another current Tesla employee, who said Musk had never met with him about the three pinched nerves in his arm.
” He didn’t meet with me, and my incident was filed ,” said a third Tesla employee, who was injured in October.” If he was truly going to meet with all the employees who got injured, he would be here for half its first year .”
Whether Musk ever intended to follow through on his parole to fill” every disabled party” is an open question. But in conversations with more than 10 present and former Tesla employees over the past month, workers described the consequences of having a boss whose bombastic predicts- to stockholders, to customers and to them- often croak unfulfilled. While the billionaire’s loose tongue and overly optimistic pronouncements is likely to be stimulate his forces of followers and customers, many factory worker feel that they have become collateral shattering.
Of the workers who spoke to the Guardian for this article, six had been injured at work. Nothing of them ever heard directly from Musk or had him perform their assignment on the assembly line.