The usual news out of the Elon Musk-run Telsa involves fart rainbows or building gigantic batteries in South Australia. Except for the last few days, which saw an employee trying to sell their Model 3s online or in the case here, the company firing between 400 and 700 people.
There's nothing sinister about these events, according to Mercury News' Louis Hansen, with a spokesperson referring to the large cuts being the result of "a company-wide annual review".
In fact, bonuses and promotions were also handed out and "the company expects to hire for the 'vast majority' of new vacancies":
“As with any company, especially one of over 33,000 employees, performance reviews also occasionally result in employee departures,” a spokesman said. “Tesla is continuing to grow and hire new employees around the world.”
Apparently the focus was on "administrative and sales", the spokesperson said, however, workers speaking anonymously with Mercury News suggests "engineers, managers and factory workers" were included in the slicing.