Why Tesla is ‘stealing’ workers from Daimler by paying them 25% less and what their atypical selection process is like

Tesla is used to being a hermetic company when it comes to its plans or projects for the future. A long-term career in which much of the responsibility for its success or failure falls on its workers, who, among other things, sign a nondisclosure clause in their contracts.

However, there are great claims in their working conditions that have become a real weapon against Daimler, as it is losing highly qualified personnel who prefer to leave the German firm to join Tesla despite going to charge a quarter less of your salary.

“Americans need good, experienced engineers and Daimler is handing over its highly trained staff to its competitor“, reports the Bussiness Insider Schnittmann (fictitious name to preserve anonymity), a former Daimler engineer who last summer applied successfully as a candidate to work at Tesla’s new Gigafactory in Berlin, Germany. And why is this?

Schnittmann has left his job at Daimler at age 40, in which he earned a gross annual income of about 100,000 euros more additional benefits. At Tesla, he will receive approximately 25% less salary, he does not receive Christmas or holiday bonuses or any other income supplement.

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Although to tell the truth, the economic aspect is not a problem for these employees who sign up for Tesla because, despite their lower monthly salary than the German brand, for example, Tesla offers staff a stock package that they can freely dispose of after four years with the company, and is worth a five-figure sum.

Also, Daimler, which not having a good financial time, is offering what it has dubbed the “golden handshake”, a compensation program with which it aims to reduce the surplus of engineers by covering them with money. Schnittmann, for example, will receive $ 307,000 (250,000 euros).

Joining Tesla goes beyond money

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But the claim to join Tesla, as explained by the anonymous Tesla engineer to the aforementioned publication, goes beyond the economic plane. Tesla offers the perspective of lead a team one day and assume management responsibility, something that is not always easy to achieve and important for anyone who wants to evolve in their professional career.

Attractive, right? Well getting into Tesla is not easy. Or more than complicated, its selection process is somewhat atypical and consists of four 30-minute interviews.

Far from inquiring into the training of applicants, “in the interview they want to see if the applicant fits into the company in terms of mentality. The interviewer did not ask me about academic achievements or titles, but wanted to know why i wanted to join tesla“, cuenta cutter.

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One particular issue that always came up was what achievement or professional project you were more proud and why. From there and once the first interview is over, one aspect that interests Tesla is the skills of its potential worker to solve problems, either an electric car or a simulated case hypothesized by the interviewer.

In fact, Robert König, also an alias who in his case applied as a manager in assembly technology at Tesla, passed two additional interviews in which he was asked about his leadership style with fictional scenarios that involved personnel issues and how you would resolve them.

“The interviews continued at 3-4 day intervals. They weren’t even remotely interested in my title or qualificationsThey wanted to know about my last job and why I wanted to work for them, “explains König, reaffirming Tesla’s lack of interest in the academic section of his applicants.

Regarding the salary, Schnittmann does not refer to figures, but ensures that the overtime was compensated with free time or money.

For his part, König received an offer with a gross annual salary of between 122,500 and 147,000 dollars (between 100,000 and 120,000 euros)as well as a pack of Actions worth approximately € 61,300 at current prices, a public transport allowance and performance-related bonuses, among other incentives.

What they both agree on, like all Tesla employees, is on both “nondisclosure agreements”In other words, do not talk about the company with third parties or with the press.

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