On November 26, 2018, Elon Musk tweeted “There are way easier places to work, but nobody ever changed the world on 40 hours a week”. He later sent a follow-up tweet saying, “But if you love what you do, it (mostly) doesn’t feel like work”.
This statement has huge implications, one that only Tesla employees understand. In one sentence, it means Elon Musk expects Tesla’s employees to work overtime, every time. Maybe this was how Tesla arrived at the overestimated salary we talked about in the previous entry.
As any Tesla employee will tell you, everyone works long hours. This includes Elon Musk who sometimes sleeps under desks in the factory. Some employees find working long hours inspiring because it makes them push themselves to their limit. Others however, think it is a clear evidence of terrible management.