Tesla says it's hard to compete with Apple in a fight over employees

A few weeks ago, the Apple confirmed that he had rehired Doug Field, former vice president of Mac hardware engineering who, for the past five years, served as head of production at Tesla.

However, this was not the only case we reported of employees who left the electric vehicle manufacturer to work at the Cupertino giant, in fact, just this year, 46 people (that number may be even greater) jumped from the Tesla boat to the Apple, as disclosed by CNBC.

Not all of the talent hired by Apple that came from Tesla, like Field, was directed to work on the “Project Titan” (in which technologies are developed for the possible future autonomous car from Ma). In fact, Tesla's old talents also go into the development of software, displays and batteries for other Apple products.

Of course, there are also cases of employees leaving Apple to work at Tesla. Still, Elon Musk's company contested the information from the CNBC, stating that the data are not enough; in addition, he said that the number of employees decreased by a third in the last year. Regarding Apple's recent hiring of former Tesla employees, a spokesman for the company said that competing with Apple is difficult as they "have 100 times less money" than Apple.

We wish them well. Tesla is the hard way. We have 100 times less money than Apple, so of course they can pay more. We are in extremely difficult battles against automobile companies that make 100x more cars than we did last year, so it is clear that this is a very difficult job. We don't even have money for advertising, promotion or discounts, so we must survive only on the quality of our products. However, we believe in our mission and that it is worth the sacrifice of time and the endless barrage of negativity by those who wish us badly. So we continue. The world needs to change to sustainable energy and must change now.

According to sources at CNBC, it is estimated that Apple pays about 50% more salaries for technicians, software and production engineers than Tesla. In addition, some people claimed that Apple’s “leadership and products” are among the factors that encouraged them to leave Tesla, along with another curious asset: the volatility of the company’s CEO, Elon Musk.

The migratory “wave” of employees between the two companies is not new and Musk even made some comments three years ago about this situation. At the time, he called Apple "Tesla's graveyard" during an interview and shortly afterwards commented on the Twitter controversy, where the CEO wrote that "he doesn't hate Apple".

via 9to5Mac