Tesla has gone from a relatively unknown car marker to redefining the automobile industry in just a few years. The company is now considered as one of the most sought after places to work for in Silicon Valley, which is why more than 150 former Apple employees have joined the car maker since 2013.
Most of Apple’s former employees joined Tesla because of the company’s car and its CEO Elon Musk, who is known for being obsessed with attention to detail like Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs. Musk states that Tesla attracts a lot of former Apple employees because the design philosophies of both companies is very closely aligned.
According to LinkedIn profiles, former Apple employees at Tesla now include: Rich Heley who joined Tesla in 2013 as senior director for manufacturing technology and is now vice president for product excellence; Lynn Miller, hired last year as associate general counsel; Beth Loeb Davies, director of training programs since May 2011; and Nick Kalayjian, a director of power electronics who has been awarded several patents for his work at Tesla, which he joined in 2006.
In fact, Apple’s influence in Tesla’s car is already evident. The 17-inch touchscreen display on the Model S, which can be used to control nearly every aspect of the car, was developed by a former Apple designer along with a team of Apple alumni.
According to car analyst Adam Jonas at Morgan Stanley, with cars becoming more computer like in the future, Tesla’s ability to attract talented software engineers is going to give it an unfair advantage over others. Jonas added that Elon Musk explained to him that hiring anyone from Apple is easy for him, because “when he does the interview process for a serious software engineer—a big human asset—he’ll meet with the person and geek out with them.”
Tesla is not the only one trying to poach employees though as Apple is also trying to do the same thing. The Cupertino company is offering Tesla employees signing bonus of $250,000 and 60 percent salary increase, but it has only been successful in recruiting very few people till now.