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Tesla job openings at lowest levels, new focus on engineering rather than manufacturing

7 months ago by Joshua Fruhlinger in People, Tech

Tesla Motors has been through seemingly dozens of hiring sprees and decelerations, as it's moved from engineering, to manufacturing, to marketing, to delivery, to customer service, and, based on the trends we're seeing in the company's hiring activity, back to engineering again in an indication that the company is returning to the proverbial drawing board.

And just this morning, Panasonic announced it was pulling its investments in Tesla Gigafactories in light of slumping sales. It seems Tesla may have seen this coming, as hiring at Gigafactory hiring has slowed.

This is all part of a severe open-job downturn for Tesla. This comes after a 2018 marked by aggressive manufacturing and delivery operations in order to get in-demand cars into the hands and driveways of customers. 

As of this week, openings at Tesla are down to 871, the lowest levels we've seen since we began tracking in 2016. On first glance, it appears that the company is in maintenance mode now that it's equalized manufacturing and delivery. The most-common job listings seem to confirm this, as Service Technicians are in demand.


Title (Count)

Norway, Service Technician


Service Technician


Mobile Service Technician




Site Surveyor


DMV Operations Specialist


Service Advisor


Delivery Experience Specialist


Licensed Electrician


Elektroplaner (m/w)


But something curious shows up when we look at open positions by location. For the first time in a while, openings at Tesla's Palo Alto engineering and design facility have outpaced that at the company's Fremont, California manufacturing facility.

Location Text

Title (Count)

Palo Alto, California


Fremont, California


Shanghai, Shanghai


Beijing, Beijing


Pruem, Germany


Amsterdam Zuid-Oost, North Holland


Draper, Utah


Sparks, Nevada


Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang (Penang)


Neutraubling, Germany


Currently, the company lists 90 openings at its Palo Alto offices, outpacing the 55 at its Fremont factory. Of the 90 jobs in Palo Alto, 78 (87%) are for Engineers.

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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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