Tesla Can’t Seem To Stop Causing Stampedes At Job Fairs

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A recent job fair held at the University of Nevada–Reno featured what seems to be becoming a bit of a staple at some job fairs these days, a “stampede” caused by the presence of a certain “Tesla Motors.”

This time the “stampede” was a bit more subdued though, thankfully — and this time the job fair didn’t have to be cancelled, as a recent one was. Still, though, the interest was substantial — and was newsworthy enough to get a mention from most of the local news stations.

Tesla Job Fair
May 3, 2014, Tesla Job Fair

Actually, though, this time it wasn’t even an actual job fair, but rather a career day — with those interested vying for an internship at the pioneering electric vehicle (EV) company. Vying in this case apparently involved patiently waiting 3+ hours in line, before even being given a shot at applying — which in this case was the opportunity to pitch oneself to the company.

If we were to judge a company’s future prospects based solely on public perception, I think it’d be safe to say that Tesla would be sticking around for a long time. Fortunately (or unfortunately?), things in the real world are actually a great deal more complex than that — Tesla’s future is something more of an open question dependent upon a great many factors. A very interesting open question, though — I’m genuinely looking forward to seeing how things pan out with the Gigafactory, the Model 3, and, to a lesser degree, the Model X.

On that note, construction on the massive, lithium-ion battery pack producing Gigafactory just outside of Reno is continuing at a clip — with the facility now expected to be finished ahead of schedule, and $50+ million already spent on the construction process to date.

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5 thoughts on “Tesla Can’t Seem To Stop Causing Stampedes At Job Fairs

  • Given the choice, people would prefer to have jobs that directly result in making the world a better place. We could put hundreds of thousands of people to work building solar and wind facilities and repairing our bridges and other infrastructure if politicians would make it possible. They would prefer any of those jobs to digging a big ditch for the transport of a filthy, poisonous product from Canada.

    • Yes I do agree, but the problem is with perception, I live in Canada, and our federal government is the one at fault, for having their head in the sand (tarsands) but on the provincial level, some of them and municipal levels, a few, are doing great things.
      Those also get it, that going green is good for the economy,health, the planet etc.

  • Maybe some wish to work for Tesla due to all of the Sniping from other businesses, Apple offering Tesla employees a 250K signing bonus and 60% pay increase. It’s madness in that market right now, especially with all the unspent Silicon capital and the upcoming wall of Moore’s law, it’s a feeding frenzy. Automotive is headed automatic/autonomic and big leaps over the next decade are pretty much a sure thing.

    • I’d be surprised if Apple could hire any quality people away from Tesla. They might be able to get a few “poor fits”.

      Working at Tesla would be about the most exciting thing an EV engineer could do at the moment. Going to Apple would be staring way behind and taking the risk that Apple might not be as dedicated to EVs as is Tesla.

      If you work at Tesla you have just participated in working in a start up that kicked the auto industry’s butt and has a lot more tricks to pull. By the time Apple is anticipating getting an EV together Tesla expects to be manufacturing 500,000 cars per year.

      $250k and a pay increase? The important/desirable people at Tesla likely have very major stock holdings in the company. They stand to make a fortune like the early Microsoft employees.

      • I agree, not just that but Apple could sh*tcan the whole automotive R&D department in the near future, so there is also the the lack of long term stability. It’s not the primary reason people would seek Tesla but the feeding frenzy obviously makes the demand in such a field ever more evident. My comment was not aimed at causality, but one of many angles of motive.

        Offtopic; Your icon weirds me out. Man eating giant?

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