The team size of Weilai Automobile Winter Company is less than 9,000


Winter is coming. Many automobile companies choose to lay off their employees for the winter. Recently, after Ford, Audi, Jaguar Land Rover and Nissan announced layoffs plans, Weilai was also exposed layoffs.
According to the 36 krypton FutureCar Daily, Weilai’s staff actually decreased by about 1,000 people. In response, Qin Lihong, president of Weilai Automobile, said, “Weilai has been doing partial optimization this year to improve operational efficiency, which is what we should do at this stage.”
Lei Feng’s Xin Zhijia noticed that by the end of October 2018, Weilai officially disclosed more than 8,000 all-player workers, which reached more than 9,500 in January this year. In a recent official report from Weilai, the company’s total number of players has been adjusted to nearly 9,000.
Industry insiders predict that China’s and even the world’s car sales will be sluggish for two to three years. This means that the hard times for car companies are just beginning.
Beginning of “optimization”
The size of the car team ranges from thousands to more than 100,000 people. It took only a few years for the new domestic automobile-making forces to reach the scale of thousands of people from dozens to hundreds when they were first founded. In the product development and innovation cycle, increasing staff is their regular action.
Weilai was founded in 2014. Two years later, when the company released its first product, Electric Superrace EP9, the team number was about 700. With the development of ES8, direct store and power exchange, the size of Weilai team has grown rapidly. When the company went public in August 2018, it had 6231 employees worldwide. In the fourth quarter of 2018, due to factors such as the increase in the number of teams related to product and software development, the number of Weilai Company has risen again, which has exceeded 9500 by January this year.
If 2018 is a year of rapid growth in Weilai, 2019 will begin to enter the stage of weight loss.
In March this year, Li Bin, chairman and CEO of Weilai, said in an internal letter that the company has gone through the stage of team training and entered the second stage of qualifying competition. The three highest priority objectives are user satisfaction, operational efficiency and the development of the second generation platform. At the same time, Li Bin said that in the first half of this year, the total number of people will be controlled at less than 9,500, an optimization of 3% over the current situation.
Subsequently, Vela North American officials announced in May that they would cut 70 jobs, including 20 in San Jose’s North American headquarters office and R&D center, and 50 in San Francisco, while closing the San Francisco office. At that time, the North American headquarters had 640 employees.
As Weilai employees are mainly in China, so the “optimization” work will still be carried out in China.
According to Lei Feng’s (Public No. Lei Feng’s) Xin Zhijia, two senior executives have left the company since December last year. Padmasree Warrior, CEO of Ulai North America, resigned from Ulai last December. In June this year, Vice President Zhuangli of Weilai Software Development (China) confirmed her resignation from Weilai. They have all held important positions in Weilai’s software development.
Car companies lay off workers for the winter
The background of the layoffs is that global auto companies are struggling to adjust.
In January, Reuters reported that Jaguar Land Rover would announce 10% job cuts, mainly in the UK, due to double-digit declines in demand in China and declining diesel car sales in Europe. Jaguar Land Rover has 425 million employees. This time, about 4500 people have been laid off. The goal of the layoffs is management positions. In the same month, Tesla’s official website information showed that as profits fell in the fourth quarter of 2018, Tesla decided to abolish more than 3,000 jobs to control costs.
In February, German Business Daily quoted Bram Schot, Audi’s chief executive, as saying that the company planned to cut about 10% of its management positions in the process of cost reduction. Nissan recently announced that its net profit in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019 (April-June) fell more than 90% year-on-year, cutting 12.5 million jobs worldwide and cutting 10% of its production and product lines.
At the same time, domestic independent brands such as Geely have also lowered their car sales targets for 2019. The overall growth rate of automobile sales in China is expected to be lower than last year. An auto supplier executive predicted to Lei Feng’s Xinzhi Driver that the decline of automobiles would last for two to three years, and that even companies without staff cuts would start to control costs.
“Since Tesla was founded 15 years ago, it has never made an annual profit. Profit is not a major factor in our layoffs, but Tesla has to save costs and make money for herself. Musk said. This may also be the “voice” that has not been able to achieve overall profitability.
According to the data released by Weilai, on June 18 this year, Weilai ES6 began to deliver to users, with 413 units delivered in the first month, up from 381 units delivered in the first month of last year’s ES8. As of June 30, the cumulative total deliveries of Weilai ES8 and ES6 reached 18,890 vehicles. As a hematopoietic product, the following market performance of Weilai ES6 is particularly critical.