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IN Science & Technology ON 26 Oct, 2015
"If you don’t make it at Tesla, you go work at Apple."
The California-based entrepreneur called Apple employees "Tesla rejects" in his recent interview with the German publication Handelsblatt, adding that he's 'not kidding'. Since then, many people have shared their opinions both in favor and against the Tesla CEO visionary of electromobility. Victoria Danahy, Product Specialist at Tesla shares her view on the latest controversy of the techno-world in her Quora answer and explains why she turned down a job offer from Apple and worked at Tesla Motors under the real Iron Man Elon Musk.
Victoria wrote in her Quora answer : "I can answer a facet of the question. I worked full time for Tesla for a year while in school. And got headhunted from an Apple recruiter for a much more lucrative position (better pay, better title, etc.) I declined after long consideration. I have no regrets. The reason is, people who work for Tesla are immersed with, not the car or the "I work for a sexy company" status, but with the meaning it carries. Tesla's mission statement, "accelerate the transition of sustainable transportation" isn't taken lightly when it comes to the dedicated employees Tesla hires. "
She continues: "So what (I believe) Elon means is, "we hired you because you believe in our mission and are ready to dedicate your time and energy to building a better future with us"-loyalty and commitment is the key underlying message here. So when a well established employee decides to break the promise to join another tech company, such as Apple, with the promise of better pay and free time, Elon suggests that you are at fault and should not have been part of the team in the first place. It is a known fact that Tesla employees work long hours, and don't get paid as well as other tech companies, but they aren't taken advantage of because they KNOW very well what they are in for before signing the dotted lines. And people seem to forget, Tesla is still in a financial struggle. It cannot be compared to Apple or Google, and yet it is because of its exponential growth in demand and popularity. "
Victory Danahy justifies Musk's opinion and talks about Tesla's working atmosphere: "The message Elon brings across so bluntly isn't a hate message towards Apple. Remember Tesla's current marketing strategy screams Apple all over. If anything Tesla looks up to Apple, and by Tesla, I mean Elon and the rest of the executive team. Tesla is a rigorous company, it's a marathon, and it's a boot camp. There's free cereal and that's it. It isn't trying to attract talent with free stuff or benefits, it attracts talent through its core belief: are you crazy enough to change the world with us? And that is what I think the recipe of its success comes from. Hard and pure dedication from employees and the entire exec. team."