SpaceX may have laid off 10% in Hawthorne, but it's hiring in Redmond and Cape Canaveral

4 months ago by Joshua Fruhlinger in Facts, Trends

On Friday, SpaceX ($SPACEX) employees were told that 10%, or 577, positions would be made redundant at the company's Hawthorne, California headquarters. According to Bloomberg, the cuts include production managers, avionics technicians, machinists, inventory specialists, and propulsion technicians.

But there is some silver lining here for SpaceX, it seems. That's because while layoffs are occurring at the company's headquarters and hiring is slowing down, job openings have been picking up at SpaceX's Redmond facility.

Overall, job listings at SpaceX are down since the summer, with a slight drop this month.

That drop in openings coincides with a decrease in hiring activity at the Hawthorne headquarters. 

But at the same time, openings at SpaceX's Redmond and Cape Canaveral facilities have seen a noticeable uptick beginning this fall and into the new year. The large majority of those Redmond positions are in Production.

Category

Redmond Openings

Production

20

Supply Chain Management

9

Avionics

7

Vehicle Engineering

6

Security

2

Flight Software

1

Build and Flight Reliability

1

Meanwhile, in Cape Canaveral, the large majority of openings fall under the Launch category.

Category

Cape Canaveral Openings

Launch

25

Internships

4

Security

4

Build and Flight Reliability

1

Environmental Health and Safety

1

Supply Chain Management

1

That all said, Hawthorne not only remains as SpaceX's headquarters, but it's also where most of the company's hiring is done, as the following table illustrates.

City

Openings (1/13/19)

Hawthorne

243

Redmond

46

Cape Canaveral

36

McGregor

18

Vandenberg AFB

6

Palo Alto

3

Irvine

3

Brownsville

1

Washington

1

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Joshua Fruhlinger

Joshua has been writing about technology, lifestyle, and business for over 20 years. He's one of the original writers and editors for Engadget, and still writes a...

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