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Tesla employees fear layoffs more than any other major tech firm

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  • Tesla employees are most afraid of layoffs at their company, according to a survey of more than 8,000 tech workers by workplace chat app Blind.
  • Last month Tesla cut 7% of its workforce.
  • Out of the major tech companies, Google’s employees feel like they have the most job security.

A survey by workplace chat app Blind shows that out of all the major tech companies, Tesla’s employees most fear being laid off.

Blind surveyed 8,230 tech workers over a week at the beginning of this month. Overall, 35.9% of users surveyed said they were worried about layoffs at their current company, while 64.1% have job security. 

Tesla had the highest percentage of fearful employees, with 77.2% saying they are concerned about job cuts. It was followed closely by eBay and Snapchat, with 71.9% and 71.3% respectively.

Here’s Blind’s findings:

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Tesla employees have reason to be nervous, in January more than 3,000 staff were fired as part of a 7% cut. Furthermore, A Wired deep-dive into Tesla’s corporate culture from December also reported that Musk has a reputation within the company for spontaneously firing people.

In a statement sent to Business Insider at the time, a Tesla representative said: “Elon cares very deeply about the people who work at his companies. That is why, although it is painful, he sometimes takes the difficult step of firing people who are underperforming and putting the success of the entire company.”

Read more: Tesla employees were reportedly told not to walk past Elon Musk’s desk because of his wild firing rampages

Business Insider contacted Tesla to ask whether staff had been given any reassurances following the recent cuts.

On the other side of the spectrum, Google had the least worried workers, with only 10.8% of those surveyed saying they were concerned about layoffs. Just above Google with 11.5% was Facebook.

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