Tesla fires 400 in a week, after claiming 'production bottlenecks'

"Tesla is constantly moving forward and keeping new employees around the world".

Usually when we report on job losses at an automaker, they are layoffs due to excess plant capacity.

According to an email statement by Tesla, these dismissals were made after the annual review of the whole company.

Workers who spoke to The Mercury News estimated that 400 to 700 employees were fired, although Tesla would not give a number. The workers interviewed include trained engineers working on vehicle design and production, a supervisor and factory employees.

The latest housecleaning swept out workers in administrative and sales jobs, in addition to Tesla's manufacturing operations.

Tesla Inc. fired hundreds of workers after completing its annual performance reviews, even though the electric automaker is trying to ramp up production to meet the demand for its new Model 3 sedan.

He said that suppliers will be held to high standards and deadlines or otherwise they could be fired - adding that "if you can make a human in 9 months, you can make a tool in 9 months", in reference to the Model 3 production timeline. It was later revealed by the WSJ that Tesla's "dirty secret" for the unexpected production problem is that it was banging out parts of the Model 3 by hand. It sold for $17USD a share at its IPO in 2010. To date, they have built fewer than 300 of the sedans, short of 1500 examples projected to have been assembled by this time in the year. The first ever mass-marketed vehicle from Tesla is being restricted by "production bottlenecks", according to CEO Elon Musk. Little did many the employees know that hell would come in the form of a pink slip.

Tesla encountered missed deadlines and production delays for its previous models, only to turn things around and produce award-winning vehicles credited for pushing the entire auto industry toward electric vehicles.

Tesla refused to provide the Mercury News with the number of employees dismissed. "It's no secret that Tesla's Model 3 development and ramp-up for production has been derailed", Harley said.