SAN FRANCISCO -- Tesla Inc. just started bidding farewell to more than 3,000 employees, the biggest layoffs in the company’s 15-year history. Some of those who lost their jobs have had surprisingly positive parting words to share with the chief executive who let them go.
“It is the right thing for the company,” wrote Kevin Throop, a sales manager who had been at Tesla since 2014. He was replying to a tweet from Elon Musk announcing the termination of 9 percent of the workforce. “I don’t regret giving all I had and in a way bidding adieu is my last contribution.”
Throop wasn’t the only newly unemployed Tesla worker to cheer on his former boss on Twitter.
While it may not be unusual for people to leave a job with mixed emotions about a former employer, the praise emanating from Tesla's stands out. They're exiting a company that's been on a hiring tear at a time when the CEO swears the short sellers are going to be proven dead wrong for doubting its prospects for success.