The company laid off Thursday contingent workers, people who were employed to support its driverless fleet. These included jobs cleaning, charging and maintaining the vehicles as well as answering customer support inquiries, according to spokesperson Tiffany Testo. Not all contingent workers, who are employed by a third party, were laid off. Vendors will make their own determination about severance for those workers, according to Testo.
Cruise co-founder and CEO Kyle Vogt told employees during an all-hands meeting Monday that layoffs were coming, sources who were on the call told TechCrunch. At the time, Vogt suggested those layoffs would begin in about three weeks. Cruise wouldn’t share how many contingent workers it employed. The company has about 4,000 full-time employees.