Tesla Human Resources VP – “Veterans Are A Great Source Of Talent For Tesla”

3 years ago by Eric Loveday 25

Tesla Supercharging Station Outside of Fremont Factory

Tesla Supercharging Station Outside of Fremont Factory

700 Roll Off The Line Per Week

700 Roll Off The Line Per Week

Awhile back, Tesla Motors made it known that it’s actively seeking military veterans to employ.

In fact, Tesla’s goal is to actually becoming the US’ leading employer of veterans.  As Arnnon Geshuri, Tesla’s vice president of human resources, stated:

“We want to be known throughout the veteran community as a great place to work.Veterans are a great source of talent for Tesla, and we’re going after it.”

Ted Daywalt, president and CEO of VetJobs, commented

“Tesla has risen to the top.  They have a good reputation. They hire veterans who can talk to other veterans. There is a language in the military, and having someone who can speak the lingo is important.”

Tesla says that approximately 5% (or 300 employees) of its total workforce (6,000) are veterans.  Tesla is looking to hire some 600 additional veterans, which leads us to wonder: why the intense focus on hiring veterans?  Is there something related particularly to veterans that makes them so desirable in the automotive field?  What are your thoughts on this targeted veteran hiring being conducted by Tesla?

Source: San Jose Mercury News

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25 responses to "Tesla Human Resources VP – “Veterans Are A Great Source Of Talent For Tesla”"

  1. Josh says:

    I wonder the the veterans buy into Tesla message of mission better than others? Many people that have gone to fight in the Middle East can relate to reducing the US dependence on oil.

    1. Boris says:

      Exactly, plus it’s good PR and veterans are probably more mature, responsible and stable employees knowing what many of them went through.

      1. Joshua Burstyn says:

        Win-win for everyone, IMO.

    2. Spec9 says:

      That point about those people going to fight for oil is a good one. So good that Tesla should pick one of the most charismatic veterans in their workforce and let them do some interviews. Could you imagine that? Now THAT would be some great PR.

      “One thing that I learned while fighting in Iraq is that our dependence on oil can be a serious weakness. We would be effectively paying $400 per gallon at times to fly bladders of fuel up to the front lines by helicopter. And we lost many good service people due to attacks on land based fuel convoys. The same is true of our nation. The largest part of our trade deficit is imported crude oil. With cars like the Tesla electric cars, we can reduce our trade deficit, strengthen our economy, improve our national security, and create local electricity production jobs.”

      Checkmate. You can go ahead and run with this idea, Tesla, I give you royalty-free license to it in exchange for the ability to infringe your patents. 🙂

      1. TomArt says:

        Brilliant!

      2. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

        Heck, swap out the drive modules in tanks and IFVs for electrics, and develop a heavily-armored “recharger” vehicle with an integrated thorium molten-salt reactor and 2MW inductive charging 😉

      3. Phr3d says:

        nicely done, spec9

    3. BraveLilToaster says:

      Nah. It’s probably a keen attention to detail that comes from time in the military. And there are few who have been in the Army anytime in the past 10 years that haven’t seen active duty.

  2. Spec9 says:

    Discipline is a good quality to have in your workforce.

    Also, hiring veterans is great PR and gives you lots of free publicity like this story.

    1. Stimpacker says:

      +1

      I worked for startups and worked for large companies. I got to work with veterans too.

      Just from experience, I want to say veterans are not just disciplined – they are not the yes, sir types. They have self discipline – lead to great work ethics (work hours, work responsibility and accountability).

      You’ll find plenty of bums in big companies hiding in the woodwork.
      1) Working from home doing nothing but answering emails.
      2) Delaying work deliverables citing lack of bandwidth but doing little in actuality.
      3) Working less than 40 hours a week by spending lots of time in the gym at work hours and slumming at the water cooler.
      4) Refusing to take responsibility – shuttling work off to others.
      5) Refusing to grow skills.
      6) Seeing job as a paycheck and not about helping the company.

      None of the veterans I have met exhibited the above negative traits. If I have a business, I’d hire them too in a heartbeat. Thank you for serving!

  3. sven says:

    One bad thing about working in Tesla’s factory is the mandatory 50-hour work week.

    1. Josh says:

      That is better than the expected hours in the engineering department…and at least it is hourly pay.

      1. TomArt says:

        True, but that does not excuse the departure from 8 hours’ work/8 hours’ sleep/8 hours’ recreation.

        Tesla wants to be progressive and such, but they really dropped the ball there. I understand when the company started out, there was insufficient funds and no proven product on the market, so that means a small group of people are going to have a lot of 7-day weeks and sleepless nights.

        But Tesla isn’t in that position anymore. They can afford to treat their employees as humans. There is no excuse for anything over 40 hours.

        1. Omar Sultan says:

          Y’know, its comments like that that give American Labor a bad name–folks are always free to quit Tesla and find an employer with a traditional 40-hr work week if that is what is important to them.

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          1. TomArt says:

            There isn’t one – that’s the crime.

        2. Alonso Perez says:

          I honestly don’t think a 50 hour work week is inhuman. It’s on the long side but not much more than that.
          Tesla is still vulnerable in many ways. It is not quite a startup but in automotive terms it is. It is competing with companies with 100 times the production rate at the low end (BMW).
          There will be more effort to slow EV adoption, proportional to their success. The oil companies are not going to go down without a fight. The hydrogen FUD offensive is one aspect of that; there will be more.
          If you don’t see Tesla as a mission you don’t really belong there. In 10 years maybe. Not now. Not yet.

          1. Phr3d says:

            +1, too – at least the leadership is (seems to be) performing at that same level of commitment – hard to find these days.

          2. Aaron says:

            Somehow I think Tesla’s factories would be a lot nicer to work in than, say, GM’s factories. I’m not sure we’re comparing equal ideals.

  4. MichaelB says:

    They like Vets cause they get a Work Opportunity Tax Credit worth up to $9600 in Federal Income Tax Credit. But Tesla loves to put a good spin on a very good thing! Great Job on Hiring Veterans!

    1. Zach says:

      That credit expired. Also, Tesla doesn’t have any income to tax.

  5. ffbj says:

    I agree with Spec9’s points. Also they are used to taking orders and following a clearly defined mission.

  6. TomArt says:

    I just hope that Tesla’s healthcare and sick leave policies are more progressive than their work schedule. Between PTSD and latent sicknesses from chemical attacks and such, an employer will have a liability, rather than an asset, if they do not provide for their veteran hires.

    1. Phr3d says:

      I can certainly understand your trepidation since it is corporate, but I feel pretty confident that Elon knows he ‘can’t have it both ways’?
      At least they are stating for the record that they Want vets and Acting upon that statement.

      AND they literally can’t afford to have less than ‘the converted’ level of commitment from their employee payroll expense, so it is apparently (obviously, MHO) Mutually Beneficial currently with much more than a single plot point.

      1. TomArt says:

        That is my assumption, as well, but you never know.