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Tesla Fires Hundreds of Employees
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Tesla Fires Hundreds of Employees

Reports are surfacing that electric automaker Tesla has fired several hundred employees in the past week. The firings reportedly include associates, team leaders and supervisors.

A former Tesla employee has told Reuters the firings total 400 employees, but Tesla has declined to confirm an exact figure. In a written statement, Tesla has only confirmed that some employees were fired, citing performance issues as the reasoning. The former employee notes they’ve never been given a bad review.

Tesla has about 33,000 employees in total, which includes employees acquired when the company took on SolarCity. It seems improbable that nearly 400 employees all had a bad performance review within a week span.

The company is in the midst of grappling with what CEO Elon Musk calls “production bottlenecks” associated with assembling its new Model 3 sedan. Tesla produced only 260 Model 3 units in the third quarter, a sharp contrast from the lofty production goals Musk peddled prior to production commencing.


About Nick Saporito

AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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    the bad news keeps pouring in for Tesla
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