Some 850 Full-Time Tesla Employees Work At Massive Gigfactory, But Still Lagging Earlier Projections

DEC 22 2016 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 11

Recently, a Tesla spokeswoman revealed the following:

Tesla Gigafactory Tour

Tesla Gigafactory Tour

“Today, Tesla employs more than 850 full-time employees and there are more than 1,700 construction workers at the Gigafactory.”

There are more than 850 Tesla employees on site, and though partner Panasonic employs an undisclosed number of workers at the Gigafactory as well, that 850 figure still seems rather low to us.

The disclosure was released after “an independent audit by Grant Thornton for the April-June quarter said there were 331 full-time workers at the battery factory.”

Of note:  See a December update and drone fly-by on Tesla’s Gigafactory construction progress here.

Tesla countered that 331 figure by stating 850 work on the site presently (which clearly isn’t an apples-to-apples comparison of today vs Q2, but we appreciate nonetheless). Even at 850, the number is still well short of the ~1,700 the state of Nevada and Tesla projected would be there by this point in time.

Why the shortfall? Believe it or not, Tesla itself admitted that construction of the Gigafactory was a bit behind schedule. As Review Journal explains:

“The Tesla spokeswoman said those projections were made in 2013 and assumed the plant would be under construction in early 2014. Instead, construction on the factory didn’t begin until almost 2015.”

The Tesla spokeswoman added:

“We are on schedule with our production hiring and investment numbers. Tesla expects to hire more than 1,000 additional full-time employees at the Gigafactory in the first half of 2017.”

Panasonic will be adding employees as well. Panasonic spokesman Jim Reilly says the company has an “aim of hiring between 2,000 and 3,000 [Gigfactory] employees by the end of 2017.”

Source: Review Journal

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“Tesla itself admitted that construction of the Gigafactory was a bit behind schedule.”
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Uh oh.. here we go.

“The Tesla spokeswoman said those projections were made in 2013 and assumed the plant would be under construction in early 2014. Instead, construction on the factory didn’t begin until almost 2015.”

Its no secret that they were behind from the beginning of construction. And the numbers of employees they projected to be hired by this point were made almost 4 years ago.

I don’t think this is any new admission by Tesla of being even more behind schedule.

“nothing to see here, move along”

Title: “Some 850 Full-Time Tesla Employees Work At Massive Gigfactory, But Still Lagging Earlier”
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+1 Tesla Motors

850 American manufacturing jobs created! …and soon more on the way. Thank you Tesla.

There are 2550 people acknowledged in the article working at the Gigafactory. Therefore, “Even at 850, the number is still well short of the ~1,700 the state of Nevada and Tesla projected would be there by this point in time” is wrong how? 2550 people earning a living and paying taxes from working at the Gigafactory. It would be easy to expect that as the factory gets nearer completion, fewer construction workers will work there and more Tesla and Panasonic employees will be there earning a living and paying taxes.

For incentives, states usually catagorize construction and “permanent” employees separately. It seems like the latter is being discussed here.

I agree with the separation. Once something is built, those construction jobs go on to the next project (which may not even be in the same state).

Sounds like they are not going to meet their target of end 2016 for producing cells

Cue the “stock short/long” accusations…

Given the emphasis that Elon has lately been giving to automation and eliminating human workers, one wonders if the Gigafactory will ever approach that “1700” workers figure that was touted early in the project.

Of course, replacing humans with robots is good for Tesla’s profit margin, but not so good for the workers and taxpayers of Nevada. So whether that’s good or bad depends on your perspective, altho automation would appear to benefit primarily only the one-percenters. Not so great for the other 99% of us!

Elon Musk has addressed that problem, too: “There is a pretty good chance we end up with a universal basic income, or something like that, due to automation.”

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/11/04/elon-musk-robots-will-take-your-jobs-government-will-have-to-pay-your-wage.html

Correct me if I am wrong.
Those 1700 FTE were expected at this point in time, but the total at the finished plant was 6,500 in 2020 for a 50gWh plant.
Musk thinks the plant should produce 150gWh early in the next decade.
No linear expansion of the number of FTE, 10,000 FTE by 2021 is my guestimate.

I forgot that Tesla’s tax abatements, and other perks from the State of Nevada, are dependent on the number of employees hired. So if Tesla winds up not hiring as many, then it will have to pay more in taxes. That, at least, seems entirely fair to me, and good for Nevada for putting that provision in. Other States have made far worse deals to attract large employers.