Tesla fired hundreds of workers last week, in a move that is unusual for a large corporation. How many workers were let go is not clear, with some estimates going as high as 1,200 people. Tesla is required to notify the State of California of layoffs, but it says pointedly that these people were terminated, not laid off.
The company is being tight lipped about the reason for so many dismissals at one time, saying only that they resulted from annual performance reviews. The company has issued a statement claiming that those same performance reviews also resulted in an unspecified number of promotions. “As with any company, especially one of over 33,000 employees, performance reviews also occasionally result in employee departures,” the company says.