Tesla Motors Inc is no stranger to the rough and tumble of Silicon Valley head hunting. The firm, despite its protests to the contrary, has been the victim of quite a lot of poaching over the last few years, and it seems that it has filled its own ranks using some of the same techniques. It appears that another key Autopilot engineer has left the firm, but Tesla Motors is hiring.
Fred Lambert over at Electrek.co noticed that Mr. Andrew Gray, a former senior manager on the Autopilot project at Tesla Motors, has decided to leave the firm in order to work with Cruise. Cruise, founded by Kyle Vogt who helped to found Twitch TV, seeks to put Autopilot on cars after they come out of the factory.
Tesla Motors Inc loses key employee
Tesla Motors Inc is suffering, at least on some level, from constant change in its roster as it struggles to get the Model X, a vehicle it launched two months ago but hasn’t shipped, onto the road. The Autopilot team, however, has celebrated a string of victories in recent weeks.
Though the software was much later than Elon Musk promised, Autopilot from Tesla Motors appears to have lived up to the hype. The response to the tech, minus the foreseen freakouts, was very positive, and the system is getting better with each passing week.
Back in August it became clear that Apple Inc. managed to lure Jamie Carlson, the Autopilot firmware manager, from Tesla Motors. That didn’t do much to damage the result, and this move should have the same, undramatic effect, at least when viewed from the outside..
Mr. Gray may have left Tesla Motors, but he’s just one part of a team that has more than 100 people in it.
Tesla Motors is expanding
Headcount at Tesla Motors Inc is going to go up and up in the coming months as the firm struggles to fill jobs that are necessary for the future of its projects. Right now the firm has more than 100 openings in Palo Alto posted on job site Patch.com.
Those openings are for the firm’s engineering headquarters. An additional hundred or so production assistants are needed in order to keep the flow of cars from the Fremont factory flowing. On top of that, Tesla Motors is planning to ramp up production of its Gigafactory in Nevada over the coming months. That means it will need another wave of employees to fill in the gaps.
Tesla Motors is a dynamic, growing firm in one of the most labor-competitive industries in the world today. the firm has had such a hard time attracting the sort of employees that it thinks it needs that CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter last week in order to get people to apply.
Musk, asking the world for applicants to the Autopilot team, promised that those hired would work under and report to him. If that’s not motivation enough, or at least a way to get workers to self-sort, there may be a constant shortage of talent at Tesla Motors.