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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 15 2017, @04:13AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 15 2017, @04:13AM (#582518)

    Not quite the same as traditional auto industry stuffing, since Tesla owns all the Tesla Sales Centers.

    Channel stuffing includes forcing independent dealers to stock (and/or buy) extra cars, and this in turn probably involves the dealer's line of credit with their friendly bankers.

  • (Score: 1) by khallow on Sunday October 15 2017, @05:42AM

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Sunday October 15 2017, @05:42AM (#582551) Journal
    I understand that both the old companies had parking lots full of back log that took a year or more to pass on to dealers. So it's not that different from someone who doesn't have dealers in the first place.