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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: 1) by sonamchauhan on Sunday October 22 2017, @10:18AM (1 child)

    by sonamchauhan (6546) on Sunday October 22 2017, @10:18AM (#585919)

    Hmm... morale improving, even as beatings continue, implies a high degree of trust. Often, unwarranted trust.

    An interesting management book made the point that _no_ layoffs - to 'rank and file' - are _ever_ warranted; no matter how 'sick' the firm. But 'public executions' (not golden parachutes) of high-level managers most responsible are not only warranted, but necessary to improve morale.

  • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Sunday October 22 2017, @02:41PM

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Sunday October 22 2017, @02:41PM (#585953)

    Hmmm... maybe you've never worked with deadwood? It would seem unlikely, as prevalent as it has been in my experience and the experience of anyone I have discussed the issue with.

    The single biggest management headache I have encountered is deadwood - and not the Wally themselves, that is a small problem - the bigger problem is what Wally does to the morale of people who actually try to do their job. Even when people aren't dependent on Wally to get their job done, his very presence in the environment brings down morale. It isn't even a question of "fair" - we had a Wally who everybody knew "worked" for minimum wage, while the rest of the crew was making upwards of 10x that money, but his simple presence on the shop floor was frustrating - sometimes to the point of infuriating - to the people who were working hard to get things done.

    Maybe you've only worked for tyrants? There does tend to be less blatant deadwood under tyrants, it disguises itself better if it hopes to survive there - but it still exists and still brings down morale of the people who are trying hard. Some tyrants are outright counterproductive and the organization would grow with their removal, but most that I have encountered have built a unique ecosystem under themselves and removal of the tyrant (or replacement with a more balanced, reasoning leader), would leave the rest of the company floundering without the iron-fist guidance, even if the guidance was less than optimal.

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