Tesla 10 years ahead competitors says automotive expert: A few years ago, it was no surprise for Tesla employees to find the company's CEO, Elon Musk, sleeping under a factory table, in the Times of the electric car company's "production hell."
Since then, the company's improved production processes have placed them a decade ahead of the competition, according to automotive manufacturing and cost analysis expert Sandy Munro.
How did they do it? "First, they removed many robots. I think Elon Musk thought that robots could take care of everything, but in reality it has been proven that they do not contribute in several cases, " Munro said during a conference last week.
Tesla's founder admitted in April that although robots help in the production process, "Excessive automation in Tesla" was "a mistake." "Humans are undervalued," he said in a Twitter message.
On the other hand, the American company has cemented its advantage in the designs. "What they have done is to make a product that is probably at 90 or 95%. But they have so many areas of research on what's going on in every car at all times that they can say, ' I think we should do that, let's make this change in engineering and implement it from here on out, and when a customer has a problem we'll tell them we don't know how to solve it and we'll
Tesla 10 years ahead competitors says automotive expert
For the expert, this approach of waiting for customer complaints to make changes quickly could be the key to Tesla's speed of improvement.
Elon Musk's company broke its production record in the third quarter of 2020, with 139,300 vehicles delivered, and has 318,000 this year despite the pandemic, although it will be difficult to reach the 500,000 that had been proposed for this year.
"I said in the past that with the Model 3 Tesla was between five and eight years ahead of its competitors. And now, in some areas of the car, I think Tesla is 10 years ahead, especially in manufacturing, " Munro stressed.
According to analysts, Tesla will not stay far from its target of half a million and will be able to reach 462,000 vehicles, according to Cowen & Co analyst Jeffrey Osborne in statements to Bloomberg, in which he believes that Musk's company could deliver between 140,000 and 150,000 more vehicles before the end of the year.
The california-based company, which in the last year has experienced a dramatic growth up to five times its market value from $ 86 per share which were listed at the beginning of January to 442 usd per title current —including, in this evolution, a split which changed every action for 5 new at the end of August— continues to be taking on the challenge to justify its tremendous market capitalization, more than 386.000 million dollars, with production levels appropriate to their size.
Tesla 10 years ahead competitors says automotive expert
Google engineers recognize that they are less productive with telework
Telework is negatively affecting Google engineers, whose internal surveys reveal less satisfaction with their productivity and managing their workload from home, according to data from the US technology multinational revealed by the Information.
During the second quarter, only 31% of the company's employees considered it to have been highly productive, eight percentage points less than in March, when the company's 200,000 workers were sent home by the coronavirus pandemic, a possibility they will have until July 2021, according to the company's CEO Sundar Pichai.
Although the company claims that the productivity sentiment of its employees is currently higher than a year ago, Google spokeswoman Katie Hutchinson told the Information, other data from the Californian company reveal the opposite.
For example, only 53% of Google engineers are satisfied with their ability to handle their workload from home, and this problem is "particularly pronounced" in those who have been with the company for a short time, according to Google's chief engineer productivity Officer, Michael Bachman.
The company's internal data reveals that those who had the most difficulty planning their tasks from home spent 30% less time creating code and generated 45% less changes to Google's code repositories (called changelists), one of the company's key metrics. Even those who were satisfied with managing their work from home made 20% fewer code changes.
This executive noted this data in an internal email in which he recommended that team supervisors have more contact with their engineers, particularly those newly arrived or at a lower level, to assign them mentors or adjust their task load according to their individual circumstances.
The problem is most acute for new Google employees, called nooglers within the company, who were the ones who perceived the greatest reduction in their productivity during the pandemic.
The survey data has generated some internal debate within the company as to why productivity is reduced when engineers are freed from office talk and commuting time. Some employees, who did not want to give their name, have assured the Information that the lack of supervision and help from more experienced engineers can be one of the causes of this lower productivity.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in September that the company is making changes to its physical spaces to provide better support to employees in the future, a future that will include" hybrid models " of work. "I see the future definitely more flexible," he said during an interview for Time 100.
"We firmly believe that in person, being together, having that sense of community, is very important because whenever you have to solve difficult problems, you have to create something new. So we don't see that changing, so I don't think the future is 100% remote or anything like that," Pichai said.
The adoption of telework has generated a broad debate among the top executives of technology companies. Netflix founder Reed Hastings has said it does not bring "anything positive" especially because of the lack of personal meetings; while Apple's Tim Cook believes that there are things that work" really well " virtually.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella also recently expressed doubts about the positive effects of telework, which in her opinion taken exclusively generates mental and socialization problems and makes it difficult to separate the work and the personal.
In Spain, large companies have assured that their results have been satisfactory, while several tech startups revealed to Business Insider Spain that telework allowed them to have "shorter and more efficient" meetings and even improve their international sales, but it makes it difficult for them to flow creativity.