How to get into Tesla or SpaceX

MagicLab / Eng megamon
Jul 11 33 Comments

Question for those working at spacex or tesla. As a normal ordinary SWE, what skills do I need to pick up to be able to get into those companies as a SWE?

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  • Tesla / Eng 🐉⛈
    Best bet is to get a referral to a team that has headcount. The most challenging part is getting Elon's approval.
    Jul 12 8
    • Tesla / Ops
      NfpO32

      Tesla Ops

      BIO
      Production Control. Believe in mission, here for the long run I hope. Wiling to criticize Tesla because I love Tesla. Committed to defend her for same reason.
      NfpO32more
      I had to write an executive summary for Elon before I got hired.
      Jul 12
    • Western Digital WD_2
      And how are the interviews? I got a referral and might get an interview there at the Fremont factory location. General SW/firmware role. LC style interview/system design/behavioral or something else?
      Jul 12
    • Tesla / Ops
      NfpO32

      Tesla Ops

      BIO
      Production Control. Believe in mission, here for the long run I hope. Wiling to criticize Tesla because I love Tesla. Committed to defend her for same reason.
      NfpO32more
      I will defer to someone a technical role for this question.
      Jul 12
    • Tesla QQtD48
      Interviews are pretty hard
      Jul 19
    • Western Digital WD_2
      Really ? Glassdoor says they are easy
      Jul 19
  • Oracle stpd
    Don’t do it.
    Jul 11 2
    • New / Eng FAANG_
      Why?
      Jul 11
    • Autodesk FzD73g
      Terrible work hours and mediocre pay. But, I will say, the people I’ve met there have been some of the brightest and most dedicated people I’ve gotten to work with.

      8/10 would recommend.

      SWD at SpaceX aren’t as numerous as other companies like FANG, so it’s just luck honestly
      Jul 11
  • SpaceX SlaveX420
    IT is not strong at SpaceX, there's alot of turn over here because its low pay, high stress, long hours, low reward. High turnover means many openings. All you need to do is pass the multinterviews, tests, and write an executive summary of why Elon should hire you. As for particular skills, you must at least pretend to be a true believer in the corporate "mission" but without coming off as a weird elon fanatic.
    Jul 13 0
  • Amazon / Eng Yolo!
    If you’re Indian waiting 150 years in GC backlog, SpaceX is not an option.
    Jul 11 0
  • Amazon broke&dumb
    Both are mechanical engineering companies. There's some of the best deep learning teams in the world in Tesla, but SpaceX is mostly C, written directly for the hardware.
    Check out their careers section on their websites for open jobs, it'll tell you how you need to prepare.
    Jul 12 1
    • SpaceX / Other
      muskytaint

      SpaceX Other

      PRE
      Google
      muskytaintmore
      Looking at the careers section you'd see we actually write mostly c++ and python for linux. Software is very similar to game dev (real-time, lots of quaternions)
      Jul 17
  • Tesla / Eng
    sgzP07

    Tesla Eng

    BIO
    Mechanical Engineer
    sgzP07more
    Not in SWE (I'm a mechanical engineer). I would not recommend Tesla; wait a few more years for the company to mature and stabilize.
    Jul 12 0
  • Tesla aFPj26
    Tesla is a good gateway company. It gives your resume a bump for sure. Stick around for a few years and apply elsewhere
    Jul 12 8
    • Tesla InmR60
      Yes
      Jul 12
    • Tesla aFPj26
      Not an SDE
      Jul 12
    • Tesla InmR60
      I am. New grad this year was 95k base 7.5k stock
      Jul 12
    • Tesla QQtD48
      You can SDE new grad up to 150-160k TC
      Jul 19
    • Tesla tslatsla
      If you are on AP maybe
      Jul 20
  • SpaceX EDPE70
    Only go to SpaceX if you are there 100% for the mission
    Jul 12 2
    • MagicLab / Eng OneMoree
      What do you do there
      Jul 12
    • SpaceX EDPE70
      Non Eng role. SpaceX is a sick place but the $ is not in base it’s all in stock which you have to wait a lot for
      Jul 12
  • Tesla InmR60
    I just left tesla I would wait till the company because more stable otherwise you will deal with lay off pressure and ridiculous deadline
    Jul 12 1
    • Tesla aFPj26
      And getting shipped to china
      Jul 12
  • MagicLab / Eng megamon
    OP
    Whet kinda weird replies are you guys posting. The question was intended for some insider insights. :/
    Jul 12 0
  • Workday / Product xoyp
    What required skills are advertised in the job descriptions ?
    Jul 11 0

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