Tesla Unexpectedly Slashes Hundreds Of Jobs

Tesla says it is in the middle of production hell as it looks to ramp up production of the Model 3 sedan. Despite this, it has just cut hundreds of jobs.

The electric automaker confirmed the news over the weekend but failed to reveal why jobs were cut and exactly how many former staff will have to look for work elsewhere.

Speaking to The San Jose Mercury News, a number of former and current Tesla employees estimated that between 400 to 700 works had lost their jobs in administrative, sales and manufacturing positions.

On the back of completing internal annual performance reviews, Tesla says it offered bonuses and promotions to a number of employees.

Word of these job cuts come a couple of weeks after Tesla confirmed it had built just 260 Model 3s in the third quarter. This was well down on Elon Musk’s estimates of building 100 units in August and over 1,500 examples in September.


  • Dennis James

    Ouch ! Well…you can’t sell what you don’t have, so the sales job cuts are somewhat expected, but not the manufacturing cuts…

  • EyalN

    did they put “going out of business sale” sign outside the factory? i’m sure Geely will be happy to buy Tesla, no one else got the money to buy a company that is losing money 14 years

  • ediotsavant

    More robots employed. No need for mere humans.

  • EyalN

    i just did the calculation how long it is going to make the half a million cars ordered if they made 260 in a quarter.
    480 years, LOL that is so funny. they need to let a car company to make the cars, they don’t have time to hire 100000 people and buy 100000 robots, well they don’t have the money to buy the 100000 robots anyway. Nissan can supply half a million of the Leaf by christmas.

  • Arthur Burnside

    Knowing Tesla, those discharged employees biggest sin was getting close to the date their stock became vested. Tesla is already being sued in a lawsuit which it cannot possibly win – discharging several highly rated employees the day before they were due to have their stock vested. Tesla sucks, as any union organizer can tell you. Tesla will move all their production to China before long. Hopefully that sleazy SOB Elon Musk will go with them.

    • BlackPegasus

      Wow never thought about that as a possible reason for the layoffs. Interestingly evil.


  • Marty

    I don’t need Tesla to survive more than a couple of years, until all the other brands have EVs on the market.

    • BlackPegasus

      I’m hoping the Lucid Air will become the next big thing in Luxury EVs. If Tesla ultimately fails, they will be both celebrated and reviled in the history books. But mostly, they’ll be known as the beta company for the automotive EV coming of age.

      • Michelin

        May be Mr. Sergio Marchionne is he Right about EV rentability??