Enlarge / Tesla CEO Elon Musk in 2014. (credit: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Tesla has a reputation as a demanding place to work, and the company lived up to its reputation this week, as Tesla fired hundreds of workers.

The San Jose Mercury News estimates that between 400 and 700 workers were let go, based on employee reports.
“Like all companies, Tesla conducts an annual performance review,” a Tesla spokesman told Ars. “This includes both constructive feedback and recognition of top performers with additional compensation.

As with any company, especially one of over 33,000 employees, performance reviews also occasionally result in employee departures.

Tesla is continuing to grow and hire new employees around the world.”
Tesla told the Mercury News that most of the departures were in administrative and sales positions, outside of manufacturing.

The company declined to give the overall number of employees let go.
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