Hiring spree: Tesla went from 899 employees in 2010 to 14,000 today

Tesla factory assembly line
© Tesla

Tesla has a lot of irons in the fire at the same time. They're ramping up production on the Model S electric sedan and the Model X electric crossover while building a worldwide network of stores, service centers, and Supercharger stations, while building the world's biggest battery factory (powered by renewable energy), while putting the last touches on the upcoming Model 3 EV (as well as some still unannounced models -- an electric pickup truck anyone?), while building out Tesla Energy and writing complex software so that cars can drive themselves. Just one of these tasks would be enough to occupy a regular company, but Elon Musk wants to do it all quickly.

Tesla factory© Tesla

As a result of all this activity and growth, the company has been on a perpetual hiring spree, especially in the past 5 years, creating thousands of good "green" jobs. It took about 7 years to get to a thousand employees (they had 899 at the end of 2010), but in the following 5 years, they hired 13,000 more employees, bringing the total to over 14,000 today.

That's not the end point: Tesla has about 1,600 positions open, and filings reveal that they plan to hire at least 4,500 people in the next 4 years (they had to reveal that for a tax credit application). Chances are, if all goes well, they'll hire even more people than that... And that's probably not counting jobs at sub-contractors like the construction companies building the Gigafactory in Nevada, and those at suppliers making parts for Tesla.

Tesla Model S factoryYoutube/Screen capture

The company's latest push is for software engineers to work on the Autopilot feature that allows Tesla's to drive themselves under some conditions. Elon Musk made a call for applicants on Twitter:

This is just one more piece of evidence that the company sees Autopilot as crucial. I've written about how they might be thinking about creating a kind of Uber competitor with self-driving EVs.


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