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Tesla sales staff layoffs?

Discussion in 'Tesla, Inc.' started by George Jetson, Jul 6, 2017.

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  1. George Jetson

    George Jetson Member

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    I went to the supercharger at my local Service Plus location at lunch and there was no sales staff there. When I asked the service guy about it he said that all of the sales people were let go. Anyone else notice this at their location?
     
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    Very sad to hear.
     
  3. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    I suspect that IF gallery employees were let go, it had to do with direct sales not being allowed in Texas. I wouldn't extrapolate that to mean 'Tesla sales staff layoffs' in general.
     
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    There's reddit thread about sales layoff in Atlanta where sales are permitted I believe, so it might be a bigger trend than that.
    Sales cuts at Tesla in Atlanta • r/teslamotors
     
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    Job opportunities on the Tesla website has several for sales staff at Tesla locations.

    Can't think of any reason to let sales staff go. Any business, especially newer ones, will have turnover.
     
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    I visited the SA service center on Saturday and there were just sales people. Of course I wasn't in a Tesla so service would obviously not be what I was there for LOL. Wonder what gives?
     
  7. George Jetson

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    It just seems to be Service Plus locations, the regular gallery store in the area didn't seem effected.
     
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    What location are you talking about?
     
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    Turnover of all staff with no replacements? Smells like a layoff to me.
     
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    Is "a Service Plus location" a Texas thing? I don't understand what that is.

    I have visited a few dozen Supercharger locations in the western USA and almost none of them have Tesla staff present. Exceptions I can think of off the top of my head are places like Rocklin CA, Seaside CA, and Buena Park CA (which are Tesla showrooms/service centers).

    Your avatar name makes me chuckle. Recently I decided to watch the first Jetsons episode on iTunes. I had never seen the show before, though I was somewhat familiar with it just from pop culture references. It's hilarious!
     
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    Everything is bigger in Texas... :)
     
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    The location is a service center with a showroom. The fact that there are superchargers there is irrelevant to this discussion. (I think they put superchargers there because they had the parking space and the power, and didn't have any other Houston area superchargerd at the time-- it's not a good location, being in an industrial park.)
     
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    Okay. I had never heard the term "Service Plus" to describe a Tesla Service Center and Showroom. I am not aware that is a term Tesla uses. Maybe they do. But new to me.

    So your original post appears to say that at this Tesla location, which has a showroom, there are no longer any Tesla sales staff. Maybe that is because Tesla cannot sell in Texas and they decided it wasn't worth paying sales staff in a state they can't sell in. But Texans still buy Teslas out of state and bring them in and register them so Service Centers and Superchargers are needed.

    Does that make sense to you?
     
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    No. The "sales" staff in Texas are called product specialists and do everything sales staff do in other states except for the actual sale. This includes showing the car, explaining about charging, the various options, etc., and taking prospective buyers on test drives. Other then calling the Tesla locations "galleries" rather than "stores" and having a few hoops to jump through to have the actual sale technically take place in another state there is little difference from Tesla locations elsewhere.
     
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    Sounds more like they are just doing away with the Service+ concept, which was fairly limited to begin with.
     
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    Well I guess my hunch was right. Of course until it's sanctioned by Elon's Velvet Jacket nobody takes it seriously. Word is in spite of that PR spin, many staff and middle managers were let go and Tesla basically pushed them out onto the ice floe; which was unrelated to a "poor performing" location or not. Apparently there's a lot of bad blood between the Burberry new wave and "old Tesla" so I guess this was a mini-coup.
     
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    The suspension on the facility offers better handling for earthquakes, hurricanes, etc.
     
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