The talent pool in Silicon Valley is filled with sharks. Google, Apple, Oracle, eBay, Amazon, Nvidia, Adobe, HP and Electronic Arts all draw from the finite workforce of northern California, so unsurprisingly, competition for new hires is extremely fierce. But now Apple and Tesla could be taking it to a new level.
Both Elon Musk and Apple Insider report Apple is trying to poach Tesla engineers with $250,000 signing bonuses and 60-percent pay increases. The timing of course is very interesting since mysterious Apple vans are now roaming the streets in the San Francisco Bay Area and other places. The vans sport more than a dozen cameras and what appear to be LiDAR modules for high-resolution mapping strapped to an x-shaped carriage on their roof.
At the same time, Elon Musk is recruiting Apple employees to his side. A Forbes columnist reports Musk’s hired away 150 Apple employees so far. So the battle is definitely two-sided.
A new Bloomberg article focuses not so much on the inter-hiring between the two companies, but on their similarities, which includes drawing parallels between their mercurial – some may say iconoclastic – founders. It all makes for fascinating reading, giving insight into the games played between top employers in one of the country’s most competitive job markets.
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