Some Tesla employees reportedly develop a zombie-like 'Tesla stare' after working shifts that can last up to 16 hours

  • Some Tesla employees work such long hours they develop a zombie-like "Tesla stare," Bloomberg reports.
  • Current and former employees told the publication they drank large amounts of Red Bull, some of which the company gave them for free, to fight off the fatigue caused by 12-16 hour shifts.
  • "They come in vibrant, energized," one employee told Bloomberg. "And then a couple weeks go by, and you’ll see them walking out of the building just staring out into space like zombies."

Some Tesla employees work such long hours they develop a zombie-like "Tesla stare," Bloomberg reports.

Current and former employees told the publication they drank large amounts of Red Bull, some of which the company gave them for free, to fight off the fatigue caused by 12-16 hour shifts. Soon after starting at Tesla, some employees develop a zombie-like, "Tesla stare," Tesla production associate Mikey Catura told Bloomberg.

"They come in vibrant, energized," he said. "And then a couple weeks go by, and you’ll see them walking out of the building just staring out into space like zombies." 

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Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Employees also told Bloomberg they were ordered to walk through raw sewage to keep production moving.

Tesla told Bloomberg "it's not aware of managers telling employees to walk through sewage and that plumbing issues have been handled promptly," according to the publication.

According to a July 3 report from Reuters, Tesla employees faced long hours and a high-pressure environment as the company sought to hit its production goal for the Model 3 sedan at the end of June. Some employees were required to work mandatory weekend shifts, according to Reuters.

The publication reported that CEO Elon Muskyelled at engineers when the pace of Model 3 production was disrupted leading up to the July 1 deadline he set for the company to make 5,000 Model 3s in one week. The company said it hit its goal, producing 5,031 Model 3s during the final week of June.

You can read Bloomberg's full story here.

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