I think sometimes you need to detach the brand image of the product from the reality of actually working there. I applied for a job with Apple Computer. I know several people that have worked there in the recent past. I have read plenty of horror stories of grueling working conditions on blogs in terms of long hours, domineering bosses, and a suffocating culture of secrecy. None of my contacts contradicted this perception, but did add some perspective to the conversation.
I have huge admiration for Tesla as a company and Elon Musk as an individual, but I also know that at this point in time, a job at Tesla would likely mean long hours, seemingly unreasonable demands, and an unwavering commitment to the "mission." I'm not saying I'd personally be opposed to taking such a job, but when you're in a committed relationship, sometimes your S.O. doesn't always share the same level of passion, which can lead to problems. No disrespect to Mr. Musk or the company. Just sayin'.
Very interesting rhetoric. Tesla is kind of the company that is probably breaking some molds. At 56 with two grown Millennial children I have witnessed some real cultural differences in work ethics and life goals. Both of my adult children have college educations and decent lives before them. Expectations have changed, no doubt. Perhaps Tesla is reviving that desire to work harder and reap the rewards. Is there something wrong with that concept or am I just old fashioned? In reality I bought this car because of my pride in seeing, for once in 100 years, an American company getting ahead and I mean really getting ahead by more than ten years of the stagnant car industry. If the Tesla workers don't want to push the envelope they probably don't belong. In my practice, I have six dedicated employees; none of which have been with us for less than 12 years. They work their asses off and get paid so well they would never leave.They are happy and never call in sick. My local newspaper had a great article this last weekend on the hiring of US Veterans by Tesla. Their reason is that these veterans come well trained and work cohesively in teams. Gee, that seems like a good idea. NO doubt there are many important things in life than work, but show me a person that loves their job and I will show you a person that has found happiness and will live longer. Balance is clearly the key but if you hate your wife or your job you will need to migrate, adapt, or die.