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posted by martyb on Sunday October 15 2017, @02:40AM   Printer-friendly
from the where-there's-firing-there's-smoke? dept.

Tesla has fired several hundred of its employees following performance evaluations. Tesla recently conducted the biggest expansion of its workforce in the company's history, and is struggling to increase production of its Model 3 sedan:

Tesla Inc. has fired an undetermined number of employees following a series of performance evaluations after the company significantly boosted its workforce with the purchase of solar panel maker SolarCity Corp.

The departures are part of an annual review, the Palo Alto, California-based company said in an email, without providing a number of people affected. The maker of the Model S this week dismissed between 400 and 700 employees, including engineers, managers and factory workers, the San Jose Mercury News reported on Oct. 13, citing unidentified current and former workers.

"As with any company, especially one of over 33,000 employees, performance reviews also occasionally result in employee departures," the company said in the statement. "Tesla is continuing to grow and hire new employees around the world."

The company has more than 2,000 job openings on its careers website.

The dismissals come after Tesla said it built just 260 Model 3 sedans during the third quarter, less than a fifth of its 1,500-unit forecast. The company has offered scant detail about the problems it's having producing the car. The vehicle's entry price starts at $35,000, roughly half the cost of Tesla's least-expensive Model S sedan.

Also at NYT, Reuters, and The Mercury News.

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by n1 on Sunday October 15 2017, @03:54AM (1 child)

    by n1 (993) on Sunday October 15 2017, @03:54AM (#582512) Journal

    They manufacture cars, and as i'm often reminded 'the fastest production car in the world' (0-60, once or twice for 1/4 of a mile)

    But with these complex 'computers on wheels' they decided to skip the beta phase this time and just go to 'early production'

    Elon Musk made a surprising announcement. He said the analytic tools Tesla has developed will allow the company to skip the beta phase entirely for the Model 3.

    Because after all, it's just a computer on wheels and the software can be updated later because no one else does 'over the air updates' on cars... it's all super secure too, because the cars can only connect to Tesla servers... Apparently later versions of the Model 3 wont require a key or other entry system either, because you can just use your phone. []

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 15 2017, @08:08AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 15 2017, @08:08AM (#582574)