More than half of Tesla employees polled say CEO Elon Musk’s tweets have hurt the business

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The majority of Tesla employees think tweets from CEO Elon Musk are hurting the automaker, according to a poll by Blind.

Blind is an anonymous professional network with over 3.5 million verified users.

They verify that users are from specific companies via work email, but they continue to post anonymously.

Following Musk’s recent Twitter speeches regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and Tesla’s course of action, Blind decided to ask Tesla employees about their opinion on Musk’s comments.

They asked “more than 50 Tesla employees” the following question:

  • How do you think Elon Musk’s Twitter activity affects your business?
    • It benefits Tesla
    • This does not affect Tesla
    • It harms Tesla
  • In your opinion, Elon Musk is:
    • A genius
    • Misunderstood
    • An internet troll
    • All the foregoing
    • none of these answers

Here are the main results of the survey:

  • 53.7% of respondents think that Musk’s activity on Twitter is hurting the business
  • 26.1% of Tesla’s respondents think that Elon Musk is a genius
  • 10.9% of Tesla respondents think that Elon Musk is misunderstood
  • 10.9% of Tesla respondents think Elon Musk is an Internet troll
  • 43.5% of Tesla respondents think that Elon Musk is a combination of the three

Blind added on the results of their survey:

Tech employees are notorious for having their compensation tied to the value of the business / share price. So although Elon’s activity on Twitter generates conversations and media coverage, the impact on share prices raises the question of how they work directly for him and paid as such think of the situation. In other words, Twitter memes and storms can be funny from the perspective of a stranger. Still, one wonders if the joke is less funny when the compensation you receive after shooting long hours is drastically and quickly reduced.

Electrek conducted their own poll last week on how Musk’s comments on the COVID-19 closings have affected your opinion of Tesla.

More than double of the respondents said that it negatively affected their vision of Tesla compared to positively. Keep in mind that our audience is turning to Elon Musk fans and that was before the “sell all physical goods” and “TSLA dumped” tweets. At the time, 42.5% were neutral.

Taking Electrek

I would take the results with a grain of salt, as a dataset of “50+” employees is far from perfect, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s the general feeling at Tesla right now. Certainly, the Tesla community here has been sharply divided.

The comments on the stock price did not please many people. Plus, Musk’s credibility doesn’t seem to be helped by his many incorrect Tweets or Tweets based on bad science.

As I wrote after commenting last week:

Either way, it comes at a cost to Tesla shareholders and the many Tesla employees who receive much of their compensation through stock options. Whatever Elon thinks, I don’t think Elon was thinking of them when he wrote this tweet.

However, I think overall, Elon’s tweet has been a positive tool for Tesla, especially as a promotional tool.

But it has also been misused on several occasions and one would think that it could have been avoided. Elon and Tesla, the company, each paid SEC 20 million for the tweet 420, and the “Pedo guy” tweets put Musk in a protracted legal battle in which embarrassing details were revealed.

What do you think? Let us know in the comment section below.

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