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Carvana just laid off 2,500 workers — and used Zoom to do it

Online used car dealer Carvana is facing backlash online after laying off 2,500 employees, many of whom were laid off over Zoom.

The company blamed slower-than-expected growth and an overall decline in auto sales, resulting in a reported net loss of $260 million in the first quarter alone. Now, some laid-off employees are turning to TikTok to denounce the company’s decision.

A user uploaded footage of the actual Zoom call Tuesday, calling Carvana’s handling of the situation “extremely unprofessional.”

“It really shows that they never cared about their employees,” the TikToker wrote. “Just the money!”

@queen_ofthingz @us_carvana #carvana #carvanaexperience #carvanapartner #carvanavendingmachine #fypシ #share #sharecopylink ♬ Original sound – Queenisha Chester

The video’s comments section was quickly filled with remarks from other dismissed employees, who detailed their own experiences.

“I was released today too. Was definitely in tears of shock and disbelief,” one commenter wrote. “My prayers are with everyone else in Carvana who has been let go like me.”

Others, who did not participate in the Zoom call, said they had been notified of the layoffs by phone and email.

“I was absent, they called me and told me on the phone,” said another. “The worst part was they called my team and told them I was fired before they told me.”

Those briefed during the work also uploaded videos showing the police presence even in the parking lot.

“When you go to work only to get fired,” reads the video’s caption.

@beyondloved Guess I find a new job #carvanaexperience #carvana #job #unemployed #fired #launched #why #karma ♬ Original sound – Beyond Loved

Employees who were spared from losing their jobs at Carvana also expressed their condolences in the comments.

“I was ‘lucky’ to stay…but I’m not…can’t work for a company that did that…my husband got fired after 3 years too!” wrote one user.

While many former employees vented their anger, others coped with the unexpected layoffs by posting memes.

“When your job fires you for an email and then locks you out of everything 10 minutes later after you just hit your one-year mark last week,” said another. “Thank you Carvana.”

@christinebrown37

when your job fires you for an email and then locks you out of everything 10 minutes later after you hit your one-year mark last week. 😊 Thank you Carvana

♬ Original sound – Jaylou314

The layoffs came on the same day that Carvana announced it would spend $2.2 billion to buy Adesa’s US used-car auction site business from KAR Auction Services.

Carvana has also said its executives will waive their salaries for the remainder of the year to help pay severance payments to the laid-off employees.

*Initial Release: May 11, 2022 12:02 PM CDT

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